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Fish Tree Water Blues
Various Artists
Fish Tree Water Blues
Genres: Alternative Rock, Blues, Folk, Jazz, Pop, R&B, Rock
 
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Environmentalism isn't exactly a common subject in the blues, where material tends to be more personal than political. Nor does every song on Fish-Tree-Water Blues deal with the subject at hand; one might pause to wonder w...  more »

      
   
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All Artists: Various Artists
Title: Fish Tree Water Blues
Members Wishing: 0
Total Copies: 1
Label: Bullseye Blues
Original Release Date: 4/6/1999
Release Date: 4/6/1999
Genres: Alternative Rock, Blues, Folk, Jazz, Pop, R&B, Rock
Styles: Indie & Lo-Fi, New Wave & Post-Punk, Chicago Blues, Contemporary Blues, Delta Blues, Electric Blues, Acoustic Blues, Modern Blues, Jump Blues, Contemporary Folk, Modern Postbebop, Bebop, Soul, Blues Rock, Folk Rock
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaCD Credits: 1
UPCs: 011661961821, 0116619618243

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Environmentalism isn't exactly a common subject in the blues, where material tends to be more personal than political. Nor does every song on Fish-Tree-Water Blues deal with the subject at hand; one might pause to wonder what Ruth Brown's "Ice Water in Your Veins," cool as it is, is doing here. And, too, much of the material is available elsewhere, including the Joe Louis Walker and Branford Marsalis duet "The Road You Choose," or Tracy Nelson's "Mother Earth." Still, there's enough new material to make things interesting, such as Mavis Staples's hearty "I'll Fly Away," Alvin Youngblood Hart's instrumental "Rollin' River," a cool live "The Forecast (Calls for Rain)" from Robert Cray, and the bittersweet, if overly earnest, "Victims of Comfort" from Keb' Mo'. --Genevieve Williams

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ONE OF THE BEST COMPILATIONS RELEASED!
deepbluereview | SACRAMENTO, CALIFORNIA USA | 07/22/2002
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Earthjustice, which put together the Fish Tree Water Blues CD, is a nonprofit group whose goal is to provide free legal assistance to organizations fighting for environmental causes. The proceeds from this CD will go to Earthjustice to help fund their projects. If you like protecting clean water, preserving rain forests, protecting endangered species or just like good blues music, this might be a disc that interests you. The disc features 14 songs from a diverse field of musicians. For the most part, and with only a couple of notable exceptions, the compilation sticks to the discs earthy theme. Five of the songs have never been released or qualify for that first new recording in many years category. For example, J.J. Cale's "Stone River", Alvin Youngblood Hart's banjo heavy "Rollin' River", Robert Cray's live "The Forecast (Calls For Pain)", Mavis Staple's "I'll Fly Away", and the Charlie Musselwhite with Bob Weir's Ratdog performing "Take Me To The River", all great stuff. This is a really good compilation from start to finish and definetly a worthwhile acquisition."
The Real Deal
deepbluereview | 06/25/1999
(5 out of 5 stars)

"In a market glutted with pointless compilations, this CD stands out as a must-have. Original tunes from some fabulous blues artists designed to remind us of how vital, and threatened, our natural resources are. The numbers by J.J. Cale and Robert Cray alone are worth the price of admission, a portion of which goes to one of the country's most impressive environmental organizations, Earthjustice Legal Defense Fund. Trust me on this one."