A Ass Pocket of Whiskeyby R.L. Burnside
Although he had been playing for years, it wasn't until the 1990s that R.L. Burnside's raw electrified Delta blues were heard by a wide audience. His new fans celebrated his wild, unbridled energy, so it made sense for him to team with the Jon Spencer Blues Explosion, the warped indie rock band that's all about energy. However, the very purists who celebrate Burnside hate Spencer, believing that the latter mocks the blues. As the blistering Ass Pocket of Whiskey proves, Spencer may not treat the blues with reverence, but he and his band capture the wild essence of juke-joint blues. And that makes them the perfect match for Burnside, who knows his history but isn't burdened by it. Together, Burnside and the Blues Explosion make raw, scintillating, unvarnished blues that positively burns.
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- Fat Possum Records
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If you did not know that this was a mid-1990's Delta blues recording, you might mistake some of the selections for a mid-1970's jam session in a Texas bar with a young SRV backing an old John Lee. See if "Shake'em on Down" doesn't remind you of Hooker in the 1950's.