Review : The Wandering - Go On Now, You Can’t Stay Here
Paste MagazineA defining characteristic of folk music is the malleable durability of the repertoire—songs passed down from generation to generation, re-tooled, rewritten and revised, the tales retold to reflect the teller. So it’s fitting that Go On Now, You Can’t Stay Here, the debut album from The Wandering, carries with it a subtitle: Mississippi Folk Music Vol. 3. The 12 tracks collected here are traditional tunes both new and old—some timeless, some timely.
The Wandering is a collective of musicians from Memphis and nearby North Mississippi that was conceived by Luther Dickinson (North Mississippi Allstars, Black Crowes). They gathered together in the Zebra Ranch studios where Dickinson’s late father Jim captured so many sounds that reflected and revered the region’s distinctive aural pulse. Each member of The Wandering is a shining star in his or her own right, but it was Luther’s bolt of insight that brought them together....full text
All MusicThe Wandering is a supergroup of five traditionally minded artists who have migrated to or have origins in the Deep South; they were assembled by guitarist Luther Dickinson. He is the only male member. The others are all established artists: guitarist Shannon McNally, upright bassist Amy LaVere, banjo prodigy Valerie June, and fife player and drummer (and Rising Star Fife & Drum Band leader) Sharde Thomas. The songs on Go On Now, You Can't Stay Here are covers whose origins range from folk and blues songs and rock & roll tunes to deep R&B, gospel, and outlaw country -- all played acoustically and intimately but adventurously. Individually, the songs and readings are unique; taken together, they uncover previously hidden -- and perhaps even unthinkable -- connections between them, from one tradition to another, and find their collective unconscious base here. Blues standard "Sittin' On Top of the World" is introduced by Thomas' fife, LaVere's bass, and Dickinson's mandolin before Thomas' vocal enters: slurry, plaintive yet confident. Her protagonist can see it all and isn't worried about a thing....full text
Honest TuneWhile a lot of North Mississippi Allstars fans are going to flock towards Go On Now, You Can’t Stay Here – the debut album from the Luther Dickinson-led The Wandering – those looking for searing slide guitar and that mesmerizing Hill Country Blues sound, they’re in for a shock.
With the The Wandering, Dickinson has gathered four mid-South female musicians (Amy Lavere – bass; Valerie June – banjo; Shannon McNally – guitar/vocals; Sharde Thomas – drums/fife) and extracted elements from each members’ backgrounds, blended seamlessly into a refined product
There are elements of all traditional folk music here, from the country-eque “Old Joe Clark” and “The Outlaw” to the bluesy “Love, Life and Money.” “Glory, Glory” kicks off with Thomas’s fife, and her whip-sharp notes would make her granddad Othar Turner proud....full text
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