The raw, powerful, authentic delta blues emanating from Mississippi's legend
R.L. Burnside on First Recordings will please blues purists and audiophiles
alike. Recorded in 1968 by George Mitchell utilizing "a portable $168 recorder,
a shack and lots of cheap rum", Burnside's dynamic voice, footstomp and acoustic
guitar encapsulate the emerging mastery of a voice unmarked by 35 years of
Northern Mississippi hard living.
Opening track, "Just Like a Bird without a Feather" is a slow, haunting tune
that starts out with R.L. singing to his lover whom he misses because he has
murdered her for "cheatin'", and now after sentencing, "home ain't where it used
to be". From jail, we hop on a train "Goin' Down South" for a tune about getting
the hell out of the North and going back home (most likely inspired by
Burnside's stint in Chicago during the 50's when his father, brother, and uncle
were all murdered within a month's time.) The track rumbles like a locomotive
and features Burnside's fierce, chugging guitar work. Other tracks like "Walkin'
Blues" also showcase Burnside's monster slide chops.
Recorded by George Mitchell in 1968.
• Limited Edition 180g Vinyl
1. Just Like A Bird Without A Feather
2. Goin' Down South
3. Come On In
4. Little Babe
5. Rollin' And Tumblin'
6. Jumper On The Line
7. Skinny Woman
8. Poor Black Mattie
9. Long Haired Doney
11. Walkin' Blues
12. Hobo Blues
13. My Time Ain't Long
14. Sat Down On My Bed And Cried