Manchester Attack

Avalon Blues: A Tribute to the Music of Mississippi John Hurt

Singer/songwriter Peter Case put this project together for Vanguard, motivated by the good sense that long ago made him a Mississippi John Hurt fan.

Singer/songwriter Peter Case put this project together for Vanguard, motivated by the good sense that long ago made him a Mississippi John Hurt fan. Not known as a blues musician, Case has spent his career in different orbits, which explains some of his choices for this set's guest artists (Lucinda Williams and Beck, among others, aren't exactly the players blues fans would expect to find on such a project). The most memorable efforts come via Taj Mahal on "My Creole Belle," Chris Smither's cover of "Frankie & Albert," and Bill Morrissey's fine version of "Pay Day." John Hiatt handles "I'm Satisfied" with a knowing touch, and Case and Dave Alvin deliver a great cover of "Monday Morning Blues."—PVV