An all-star cast of musicians came together to record a tribute to late legendary bluesman Elmore James. The tribute album, Strange Angels: In Flight With Elmore James, comes out on January 26 and features contributions from several talented performers including Gov’t Mule guitarist Warren Haynes and ZZ Top guitarist Billy Gibbons.
Haynes and Gibbons can be heard playing together on the track “Mean Mistreatin’ Mama.” Warren handled lead vocals with the accompaniment of harmonica wiz Mickey Raphael. The record features 13 songs popularized by James, a renowned slide guitarist born in Mississippi in 1918 who forged an influential career prior to his untimely death from a heart attack in 1963 at the age of 45.
Among the additional contributors to the tribute album were Tom Jones, Rodney Crowell, Jamey Johnson, Keb’ Mo’, Shelby Lynne & Allison Moorer, Bettye LaVette, G.E Smith and others. Most tracks feature a supporting cast of Elmore’s Latest Broomdusters, made up of guitarist Rick Holmstrom, slide guitarist Doug Lancio, Hammond B3 organist Rudy Copeland, bassists Viktor Krauss and Larry Taylor and drummer Marco Giovino who also produced the album.
“‘Mean Mistreatin’ Mama’ was always one of my favorite Elmore songs,” Haynes told Ultimate Classic Rock, which premiered the track. “The original recording and performance has this nastiness that embodies where rock ‘n’ roll came from. One of his best vocals.”
Proceeds from the sale of Strange Angels: In Flight With Elmore James will go to the Edible Schoolyard NYC and MusiCares charitable organizations. Stream Haynes, Gibbons and Raphael’s rendition of “Mean Mistreatin’ Mama” below:
Strange Angels: In Flight With Elmore James Tracklist
- Can’t Stop Loving You – Elayna Boynton
- Person To Person – Bettye LaVette w/ G.E Smith
- Shake Your Money Maker – Rodney Crowell
- Done Somebody Wrong – Tom Jones
- Mean Mistreatin’ Mama – Warren Haynes w/Billy Gibbons & Mickey Raphael
- Dust My Broom – Deborah Bonham
- It Hurts Me Too – Jamey Johnson w/ Warren Haynes
- Strange Angels – Shelby Lynne & Allison Moorer
- Look On Yonder Wall – Keb Mo’
- My Bleeding Heart – Mollie Marriott
- Hawaiian Boogie – Chuck E. Weiss
- Dark And Dreary – Addi McDaniel
- Bobby’s Rock – Elmore’s Latest Broomdusters