Album Details

May 23, 2000
Rooster Blues
Blues, Modern Delta Blues, Modern Acoustic Blues, Piedmont Blues, Regional Blues

Album Review

Ricks' second outing continues down the same dirt path as his late-coming 1997 U.S. debut. Ricks' renditions of songs made famous by legendary acoustic bluesmen like Furry Lewis, Skip James, and Mississippi John Hurt testify to his respect for tradition, while his original tunes speak to this era as well as the past. Whether he's picking a syncopated Piedmont-style rag or strumming a soulful minor-key ballad, Ricks' performances are relaxed and true to the songs. His version of "Special Rider Blues" sounds as personal as James' original recording from the '30s. His sprightly takes on Hurt's "Keep on Knocking" and "Louis Collins" serve as a reminder that Ricks was key in helping to create an audience for rediscovered country-blues artists during the folk music revival of the early '60s. More than a little of what this Philadelphia native learned from his elderly, Delta-born mentors remains evident nearly 40 years later in Ricks' gritty, authentic originals, "Missouri River Blues" and "No More Ramblin" -- just in time for another generation of acoustic blues fans.
Brian Beatty, Rovi

Track Listing

  1. Missouri River Blues
  2. What It's All About
  3. No More Ramblin'
  4. I Will Turn Your Money Green
  5. One More Time
  6. Vicksburg Blues
  7. Hey Hey
  8. Many Miles of Blues
  9. Special Rider Blues
  10. Keep on Knocking
  11. Red Cross Blues
  12. I'm Sorry
  13. Louis Collins
  14. Undertaker Blues
  15. County Farm