When you walk the path of a picker, you can't help but follow the footsteps of giants. That's the journey Della Mae chose to take in the Lucky Barn at Pickathon 2014 when they took on Mississippi John Hurt's “Richland Woman Blues.”
Rumor has it, the tune was actually written by a local plantation owner. True or not, Hurt made it his own and now Della Mae has staked some small claim to it, as well.
Front woman Celia Woodsmith snarls and sasses her way through this bluesy booty call of a song: “Give me red lipstick and bright poppy rouge, a single-bob haircut and a shot of good booze. Hurry home, sweet daddy. Come blow your horn. If you come too late, your mama will be gone.”
Photo by Bill Purcell