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The Mississippi Sheiks

By John Morthland, Contributor

They're the beneficiaries of a rather unlikely tribute album and a primary inspiration and/or influence for numerous contemporary string bands, from the high-profile Carolina Chocolate Drops to Geoff Muldaur's one-off collaborators the Texas Sheiks. No doubt about it, the Mississippi Sheiks are happening these days. But then, they always have been - at least to the extent that's possible for musicians who thrived in the first half of the 1930s. When they formed around Jackson, Mississippi,… more »