When R. Burnside and the rest of the Fat Possum confederation emerged from the northern Mississippi hills in the early '90s, they gave contemporary blues a much-needed shot in the ass, reminding everyone that the genre really wasn't so much about pyrotechnic guitar histrionics as it was about getting folks to hit the dancefloor, and once there, making sure they stayed.
Burnside in particular has been a fascinating and intriguing musician ever since, and even as he cruises through his eighties, he may well be the most progressive and postmodern of anyone on the current blues scene.
Although his basic template is and remains a John Lee Hooker -like modal boogie shuffle, Burnside has combined it with full-tilt garage and punk band dynamics 's A Ass Pocket of Whiskey , with the raucous backing of the Jon Spencer Blues Explosion and controversial to blues purists techno nation hip-hop effects 's Come On In , featuring Beck mixmaster Tom Rothrock , and while these experiments haven't always worked, they show a playful willingness to treat the blues as something fun and vital, not some dusty, nostalgic period music trotted out on display from the music museum.
No, Burnside 's version of the blues is powerful, visceral, and -- this is often overlooked -- playful, with his almost demonic chuckle being as recognizable a feature of his music as any guitar lick. A Bothered Mind is perhaps the most ideally representative of all of Burnside 's albums, ranging from solo acoustic tracks to crunching boogie struts, all with a light dose of hip-hop and enough scratching and looping effects to make this clearly an album from the 21st century.
Amazingly, it all works as a cohesive whole, opening with a second live fragment of "Detroit Boogie" in which Burnside intones "I do what I want In between these bookends, the album -- aside from the rather contrived Kid Rock track, "My Name Is Robert Too" -- is continually fascinating, and it never stops churning.
The most striking track is also the earliest and simplest, a solo acoustic version of "Bird Without a Feather" that was field recorded by folklorist George Mitchell in Shimura of the Quannum collective, and he gives both songs a delightful hip-hop sheen without sacrificing one bit of Burnside 's irascible swagger.
Listen for R. He's having fun. He's pushing the blues forward, all without changing a beat. He's making relevant albums when musicians half his age are washed up and creatively exhausted.
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Please try again later. Verified Purchase. This album will make you want to drink down that whisky and go over and dance with that fine looking woman over there. This album attempts to modernize Mr. Burnside's sound with a bunch of studio wizardry, which is too bad because all he needs is himself and his guitar. Sorry he passed a year after this was published but not a bad way to go. Someday Baby is a great song. Also available on Amazon Prime Music. If you have never heard Burnside you haven't had the hiil country blues in your ear enjoy!
One person found this helpful. Mixing old country blues with modern hiphop sounds, the Burnside family has shared with us another masterpiece.