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Take Your Time, Mr. Brown
The Sugar Kings
2000

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Song Name (Composer)
Time
1.
Papa's On The House Top (Leroy Carr)
2:48
2.
Ice Cream Man (Tom Waits)
2:51
3.
Gillum's Windy Blues (Jazz Gillum)
2:30
4.
Furniture Man (Traditional)
3:27
5.
Fixin' To Die (Bukka White)
3:43
6.
Sad Sap Sucker (Fats Waller, Ed Kirkeby)
2:50
7.
Bad Luck Blues (Blind Lemon Jefferson)
3:34
8.
Crazy About You (Jazz Gillum) State Street Boys
2:54
9.
Leavin' Home (Charlie Poole)
3:07
10.
Get Up Off That Jazzophone (Blues Birdhead) The Bubbling Over Five
3:53
11.
Oh Lonesome Me (Don Gibson)
2:25
12.
Darling's Dream (Clint Hoover)
4:33
13.
Bear Cat Mama (Gene Autry) W. Lee O'daniel
2:46
14.
Is You Is Or Is You Ain't (Ma' Baby) (Billy Austin, Louis Jordan)
3:12
15.
On The Road Again (Memphis Jug Band)
2:38


The Iowa City Press-Citizen
by Jim Musser
March 23rd, 2000

Since beginning his career as a professional musician in a local duo with Rick Tyler some 20 years ago, Cam Waters has steadily advanced his art and his craft to rank among the finer singer/songwriters extant. A nimble guitarist with a resonant, woody vocal instrument, Waters went on to a brief stint with the Heptiles before going solo and taking his folksy act across the country. Minnesota, (first, Red Wing and, more recently, the Twin Cities) has been his home base for some time now, and the three sturdy, introspective solo albums - Bessie’s Gone (1988), Big Moon (1993), and Shoetown (1996) - he’s launched from there indicate that the north country suits him very well, indeed.

Waters has long displayed a deep-rooted interest in vintage American blues and jazz forms, and for this delightful romp with The Sugar Kings, he’s kept his own songwriting in his pocket to polish some worthy chestnuts from the past. A full dozen of the disc’s 15 tracks hearken from the period between 1926-1944 (written by the likes of Jazz Gillum, Blind Lemon Jefferson, Fats Waller, Leroy Carr, Louis Jordan and Gene Autry), with the remaining three cuts by Tom Waits, Don Gibson, and The Sugar Kings’ sterling harmonica wizard, Clint Hoover.

Produced by Waters and Dakota Dave Hull with a warm, full-bodied sound, Take Your Time, Mr. Brown ties these vintage tunes together into a cohesive, easy-going piece that goes down like fine sippin’ whiskey. Anchoring Waters’ dandy guitar picking and Hoover’s wide ranging harmonicas are the good-timey “air bass” acrobatics of Steve Sandberg’s tuba. And, despite the antique vintage of the bulk of the selections, the vocal deliveries of Waters and Hoover manage to at once respect the sources while keeping the presentation engaged and alive. This is a real winner and highly recommended.
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