Various Artists ( from the album First Came Memphis Minnie) - Lizzie Douglas was born in 1897 in Algiers, Louisiana, a community within New Orleans on the west bank of the Mississippi River. Music was close by to the young girl but the city she adopted as a home, and used to brand her music was further north in Tennessee. Memphis Minnie was the persona that set the name Lizzie was born with aside. Memphis Minnie was a Blues guitarist, singer and songwriter with a two decade recording career from the early 1930’s through the 1950’s. In a field dominated by men, Memphis Minnie careved out a spot that she had no trouble keeping for her own. Stony Plains Records has gathered contemporary Blues ladies that owe Minnie for the path she cleared and the songs she wrote.
Maria Muldaur helms eight of the albums thirteen tracks. She is joined by Ruthie Foster (“Keep Your Big Mouth Closed”), Phoebe Snow (“In My Girlish Days”), Bonnie Raitt (“Ain’t Nothin’ in Ramblin’”), Rory Block (“When You Love Me”) and Koko Taylor (“Black Rat Swing”). Maria Muldaur offers “Tricks Ain’t Walkin’” as one of the tracks she covers. The song was an introduction to Memphis Minnie for a younger Maria when she met the original Blues Queen, Victoria Spivey, in 1963. The scratchy 78 that Victoria spun immediately formed an audio bond between Maria and Minnie. Maria states in the liner notes for ….First Came Memphis Minnie, “From that moment to this, Memphis Minnie and the example she set has remained a profound influence on my life and my music. She has also influenced may other Blues artists. That is why I wanted to make this tribute album. Here, I have joined with some of my Sisters in Music to pay tribute to the woman that inspired us and paved the way for us all.”