The Mira Sound Germany Audio-CD ‘Country Roots’ – Michel Montecrossa sings Jimmie Roders and related Artists features 10 Jimmie Rodgers songs including ‘My Blue Eyed Jane’, ‘Dreaming With Tears In My Eyes’ and ‘Jimmie The Kid’ as well as songs of related artists: Michel Montecrossa will be presented with the songs: ‘Lonesome’, ‘Another Lonesome Cowboy’, ‘Littel Bit Of Lovin” and ‘When I Hold You In My Arms’ and Bob Dylan with the songs ‘Dignity’ and ‘Lay Lady Lay’. In addition there are three treasures of Stan Jones, Lonnie Donegan and Robert Johnson: ‘Ghost Riders In The Sky’, ‘Does Your Chewing Gum Loose Its Flavor On The Bedpost Over Night’, and ‘Come On In My Kitchen’.
‘My Blue Eyed Jane’ – Michel Montecrossa sings Jimmie Rodgers
‘Dreamin’ With Tears In My Eyes’ – Michel Montecrossa sings Jimmie Rodgers
‘Dignity’ – Michel Montecrossa sings Bob Dylan
Michel Montecrossa’s song-collection ‘Country Roots’ is about Jimmie Rodgers the ‘Singing Brakeman and Blue Yodeler’ and ‘Father of Country Music’, as he was called later, and some of the artists who are part of the great stream of music’s mystery Jimmie set free, like Bob Dylan and his Visionary Music, Cowboy Songwriter Stan Jones, Skiffle Man Lonnie Donegan, CyberRocker Michel Montecrossa and Jimmie Rodgers’ contemporary, the Blues-Legend Robert Johnson. Michel Montecrossa presents them all in his own essential style singing from the heart of their individuality. It is the direct, unlimited realness of 10 of Jimmie Rodgers’ songs that forms the core of Michel Montecrossa’s ‘Country Roots’.
The Jimmie Rodgers songs are: ‘Jimmie The Kid’, an autobiographical song reflecting Jimmie Rodgers’ way up from water carrier to brakeman when he followed his father into the Mobile and Ohio Railway, enjoying traveling the country, hearing the music of different areas, observing the social conditions and making his way to the top. ‘Any Old Time’ is one of the many songs delivering Jimmie’s message, as Bob Dylan says “like nectar that can drill through steel”. ‘Prairie Lullaby’ in its tenderness is as charming as is the playful and joyfully dynamic ‘Pistol Packin’ Papa’ or the direct talking ‘Looking for a New Mama’. ‘Frankie and Johnny’ is a well known folk song Jimmie Rodgers too performed in his unique way. Michel Montecrossa presents it as ‘Frankie and Johnny Alive’ giving the story of loss and finding a special turn. ‘I’m Lonesome Too’, the heartbreaking ‘Dreamin’ With Tears in My Eyes’ and the yearning ‘My Blue Eyed Jane’ as well as the scary ‘Gamblin’ Bar Room Blues’ are four more masterpieces of Jimmie Rodgers’ genius and power to “get into the mystery of life and death without saying too much”, as Bob Dylan puts it. Jimmie Rodgers has been, is and will always be a force of inspiration for unnumbered musicians through his living individuality, his seriousness, his humor and his Blue Yodel Trademark because he is, as in the Warren Smith ballad, the man who “… held your hand and sang you a song.”
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