Labor Of Love
Labor Of Love
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Labor Of Love

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Labor of Love

Taj Mahal, loose and casual in informal recording sessions with peers. Performances with singular artists: John Dee Holeman, Cool John Ferguson, Cootie Stark and Algia Mae Hinton. The blues live on because the blues give people life, not the other way around. Talk about the blues with Grammy winning singer-songwriter and composer Taj Mahal, or Tim Duffy, founder of the Music Maker Relief Foundation, and you'll quickly understand how deeply they grasp this. So it's no surprise that their shared love of blues has created a special vinyl-only album release that's got the loose, easy feel of a porch-sitting guitar strum, sipping sweet tea on a warm summer day. Labor of Love comprises recordings made by Duffy, hanging out with Taj and other artists in a Houston hotel room and during visits to the Music Maker Relief Foundation headquarters in Hillsborough, North Carolina. Taj and Tim first connected in the mid-1990s as Tim was establishing the foundation. The foundation is dedicated to preserving Southern roots music by directly supporting senior artists in need, while documenting their music and sharing their stage and recording talents with the world. A CD collection released by the foundation featuring Music Maker artists caught Taj's attention. Tim invited Taj to his place in rural Pinnacle, N.C., where he hung out with several of the artists. Taj loved how they played and sang, but he especially loved "getting to know their lives and how they made things work." Not much time passed before a performing tour was launched, with Taj as the headliner. Meanwhile, Tim, sensing an incredibly rich opportunity, was hauling along with the tour, high-end recording gear. He set it up in hotel rooms hoping to capture an impromptu session. One night in Houston, magic happened. 

Track Listing:

  1. Stagger Lee

  2. Shortnin' Bread

  3. My Creole Belle

  4. I Ain't the Only One You Love

  5. Fishin' Blues

  6. Mistreated Blues

  7. Zanzibar

  8. So Sweet

  9. Spike Drivers Blues

  10. Hambone

  11. Walkin' Blues

  12. John Henry

  13. Song for Brenda

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