Posted July 28th, 2011 12:05 PM IPI raved about RL Burnside A Ass Pocket of Whiskey about 2 years back, but I cant find the thread, so I making a new one, a more general one about the Blues, a seminal genre that for some reason we don't discuss that much, and in a way what is ther to discuss because precisely it is so “seminal”. I don't know if others are like me but I am always reluctant putting a blues record on, because somehow it sounds very “academic” to me, but each time I actually put a boues record on, I am swept away, soo since yesterday I found the Leadbelly's Cottonfields, later immortalised for the masses by the BB, I decided I 'd pay a visit to RL Burnside, and listent to something I never heard from him before.
You see, to me RLB is the Tom Waits of Blues, always willing to dip into other genres, which in many way makes his sound more “palatable”, easier listening if you will, despite the fact that he very often ends up sounding almost industrial. He is an equivalent of an abstract painter of the blues, and since in a way the blues as a whole is to me the abstract painting of music, well.. ya know. And yes, exactly like abstract painting, once I get into it, I get it.
SO, after this useless verbiage, action... Here is a more “listenable” side of RL Burnside, where is truly original voice can be heard loud and clear.
Posted July 29th, 2011 12:08 AM IPExcellent stuff. Not sure i've heard much by him before. I've been playing loads of white boy blues recently as i'm on a total Peter Green bender, so all his Fleetwood Mac and John Mayall stuff is on constant rotation on my MP3 player. Its amazing how much mileage there is in a 12 bar blues. What would Bob be without the form.
Posted July 29th, 2011 01:46 PM IPHere is another contemporary blues artist (well not dead, that is),
T Model Ford, man, this guy's gotta teach Bruce how to say the word "ayass" properly! Weird guitar style, and i think Neil owes more to this guy than we care to know, and in many ways this is what trash metal does, wild! And BTW this guy is 91 and still performing!
Posted August 1st, 2011 06:37 PM IPA " punk blues duo from Portland, Oregon, known for unique versions of traditional material and energetic live performances", sound appealing and is.. This is a description of Hillstomp, white guys, who are doing this pretty well with a dollop of folk, and a hint of country. Nice.
Please listen to the track Roustabout, scroll down on the page to find it.
Posted August 3rd, 2011 08:31 PM IPIt was better as i was listening to it while doing something else, so it was easier to listen to than when you are just sat there trying to take it in. I remember at the time thinking Bandits and Be The Rain were pretty good in their own right and they are the two that still stand out. I'll come back to it though as it made a lot more sense this time, even if i couldn't make a lot of sense of the story while concentrating on painting the ceiling!