Rooster
Born In Mississippi
SONO 1055
 
A night on Bourbon Street, New Orleans’' unique entertainment center, would not be complete without spending a night with the legendary bluesman, Rooster. There are entertainers, musicians, singers, comedians but there is only one Rooster!  He can lift your spirits and empty your pockets all in the same song!  Bawdy humor is not a stranger to Bourbon Street, but Rooster brings it all together musically with astrong Mississippi Delta blues influence like nobody else!  When Rooster, (Curtis Wheeler, October 5, 1937) was born, Mississippi was not aware of his musical talents.  Rooster has worked at many jobs and has been successful in the workaday world, but the attraction of the blues brought him to playing guitar and singing full time later in life.  After traveling the United States for several years, Rooster has landed on Bourbon Street, and the place has not been the same since.  From his "One man show”" to his high energy blues band, he can create excitement whenever he takes the stage. 
This album is full of great New Orleans musicians, giving Rooster’'s new CD that additional New Orleans flavor to go along with the Delta influences that come naturally to a Mississippi bluesman.  This combination has proven successful, night after night, year after year, on Bourbon Street. 
Also included in this collection is a live recording of Cell Phone Blues from the Bubba Mac Shack in Somers Point, New Jersey, which has become a "second home”" for Rooster.  Again, Rooster is backed by another band of great musicians.
So, put on the CD, turn up the volume, invite everyone you know, and some you don’'t, and have a party!
 
1. Born In Mississippi (4:50)
2. Cell Phone Blues (6:06)
3. I’'m A Stranger In Your Town (4:17)
4. Jo Ann (4:53)
5. I Got To Get To My Baby (3:22)
6. The Mirror (5:01)
7. Too Many Days (2:42)
8. The Best Man At Your Wedding (3:22)
9. I’'ve Saved A Few Mistakes For You (3:54)
 
All songs written by Curtis Wheeler.
Published by Bedico Music BMI
All rights reserved, Sound Of New Orleans 2002
 
The Musicians
Lead Guitar- Rooster
Drums- Larry Williams- Except Trk 2
Keyboard- Ricky McQuillis- Except Trk 2
Keyboard- Gary Myles- Trk-6
Saxophone- Milton Lewis-Trks 1,6
Trumpet- Charles Hudson- Trks 1,6
Saxophone- Jerry Jumonville-Trk 4
Steel Guitar solos- Gary Myles- Trks 7,8,9
Steel Guitar- Dave Easley- Trks 7,8,9
Bass- Ronnie Dents- Trks 1,5,6
Bass- Gary Edwards- Trks 3,4,7,8,9
Rhythm Guitar- Gary Edwards-Trks 3,7,8,9
 
Cell Phone Blues- Trk 2
Recorded live at The Bubba Mac Shack 7/28/2001
Lead Guitar- Rooster
Guitar- Lew London
Harmonica- Charlie Winters
Drums- Lee Urban
Keyboard- Randy Friel
Bass- Mike Conti
 
Recorded at Sound Of New Orleans Studio, September 2001
Engineered and Mixed by Gary J. Edwards
Assistant mixing engineer: Domenic Senger-Schenck
Master by Joe Doherty, DRR Masters