David Johansen and the Harry Smiths (JD196)

  1. James Alley Blues
  2. Darling, Do You Remember Me
  3. Delia
  4. Little Geneva
  5. Well, I've Been To Memphis
  6. Katie Mae
  7. Old Dog Blue
  8. Somebody Buy Me A Drink
  9. Poor Boy Blues
  10. On The Wall
  11. Don't Start Me Talking
  12. Oh Death
  13. Richland Woman

David Johansen is a true musical chameleon. Whether fronting the influential punk band the New York Dolls, lounging it up as Buster Poindexter or invoking the blues with the Harry Smiths, he has always demonstrated his unique talent for taking a musical style and making it his own. On David Johansen and the Harry Smiths, David and his first-rate band summon the spirit of the blues through American musicologist/folklorist Harry Smith. Featuring gripping performances of songs by Muddy Waters, Mississippi John Hurt and Bob Dylan, this 96-kHz/24-bit recording sounds so real you'll think you're in the Delta.


David Johansen brings it all back home to Harry Smith, in repertoire and name a perfect example of the circular logic of American-folk geography. A former New York Doll, Johansen is an unlikely hobo-like blues man, and his Harry Smiths ... are sly groovers who seem, at first, to be overqualified for barn-dance work. Yet Johansen is a believable avatar of Smith's scholarship ... he sings 'Poor Boy Blues' like a fragment of Latin Mass. - Rolling Stone