This collection demonstrates the powerful influence of the Blues on musicians from every corner of the earth
The far-reaching influence of the Blues is undeniable. Blues Around the World, documents the trials and tribulations expressed through the Blues from a global perspective. Through the course of the album you’ll meet a Catalonian “blues mama” and a Mandarin-speaking, motorcycle-riding blues poet, as well as a Mauritanian whose fans call him the “blues man of the desert.”
Putumayo World Music was established in 1993 to introduce people to the music of the world’s cultures. The label was started as an offshoot of the Putumayo clothing and handicraft company, after its founder, Dan Storper, was surprised by the extraordinary response to the international music he had begun playing in his stores. Putumayo’s meticulously researched and curated musical journeys were so successful that, in 1997, Storper sold the clothing company so he could focus his attention on the music business. For the past 21 years, Putumayo has been known for its joyful compilations of great international music that support the company’s motto: “Guaranteed to make you feel good!”
Putumayo’s distinctive CD covers feature the colorful art of British illustrator Nicola Heindl, whose folkloric style illuminates the company’s mission: to connect the traditional and the contemporary through music and art. By combining appealing music and striking visual aesthetics with creative retail marketing, Putumayo has developed a unique brand identity, a rarity in today’s artist-based music industry.
Putumayo is considered a music industry pioneer and leader in developing the non-traditional retail market and has built a global network of more than 5,000 book, gift, craft, clothing, health food and other specialty retailers that play its music and sell its CDs. Storper’s vision of establishing a global company and lifestyle brand has been furthered with offices in the Europe, Latin America and Australia and distribution in more than 80 countries.
The company’s commitment to helping communities in the countries where the music originates has led to the label contributing more than one million dollars to non-profit organizations around the world.
1. Listen My Son The Unseen Guest (Ireland/India)
2. Canceriano Sem Lar (Clinica Tobias Blues) Blues Etílicos (Brazil)
3. No Way Out Big Mama & Victor Urís (Catalonia/Spain)
4. La Flaca Jarabe De Palo (Spain)
5. Back Around Bonnie Raitt & Habib Koité (USA/Mali)
6. Ouallache Amar Sundy (Mauritania)
7. I Got a Feeling Otis Spann (USA)
8. Don't Ever Let Nobody Drag Your Spirit Down Eric Bibb, Rory Block & Maria Muldaur (USA)
9. Playing Mahjong Long-ge (Taiwan)
10. Slide Blues Botafogo (Argentina)
11. Catfish Blues Taj Mahal Meets the Culture Musical Club of Zanzibar (USA/Zanzibar)
Publication Date: July 25, 2006
Publisher: Putumayo World Music