CD of the Month
PICK A DREAM / Papa Don McMinn
Producer: Don Nix
Executive Producer: James L. Dickerson
The Album Nashville Said Was Too Hot To Handle
Papa Don McMinn is one of Memphis’ most respected blues guitarists and vocalists. For years he was part-owner of Rum Boogie Café, where he was leader of the house band and instrumental in the re-development of Memphis’ Beale Street. Over the years he has performed or recorded with B.B. King, John Mayall, Etta James, to name a few. For years he has wanted to record a country album, Memphis style, one that would reflect a more soulful take on country music. Pick a Dream is the culmination of that dream, as nurtured by the creative genius of Don Nix, and it shows McMinn at his very best.
Memphis has been influencing country music since the 1950s.The first wave came from Johnny Cash, whose raw, energetic music transformed Nashville music by replacing the foot-tapping rhythms of fiddle and banjo with a hard-driving guitar rhythm and passionate song lyrics that sometimes walked the dark side of the street. Following him to Nashville was a Sun Records engineer, the late Jack “Cowboy” Clement, who became a major influence in Nashville in the 1960s as a producer, musician and songwriter. The third leg in that musical stool was producer Chips Moman and his house band, the 827 Thomas Street Band, who relocated to Nashville in the mid-1970s.
Following in that tradition is the producer of this album, former Stax Records producer Don Nix, best known for his work with Joe Cocker, Leon Russell, and Albert King. He is the songwriter of “Going Down,” the blues-rock anthem that has been recorded by Eric Clapton, Led Zeppelin, Pearl Jam and others.
If you like country music with barbecue-dripping soul, and want it flawlessly performed and produced, Pick a Dream is the album for you.
- “Pick a Dream” is an inspirational song about believing is something, anything at all, as a way of succeeding in life. Just pick a Dream and stick with it.
- “Quittin’ Time” is a gut wrenching ballad about failed romance, compete with soulful sax solo.
- “Black Like Me” is about a little boy’s struggle to understand racial discrimination.
- “Suspicious Heart” is an up-tempo dance number, complete with a seductive “girls’ group” and biting guitar and sax solos, a previously unrecorded song written by the Cate Brothers, Arkansas rock pioneers and recording artists who joined Bob Dylan’s “The Band” for its 1980s revival.