Fat Possum Records has made an edgy reputation for itself by recording the raunchier musicians from modern Mississippi. Paul "Wine" Jones helped create that sound with his 1995 release MULE. Now he's back, minus the "Wine" but still playing like 90 proof, with PUCKER UP BUTTERCUP. Accompanied only by a drummer named Pickle, Jones's attitude and guitar style is the closest country blues can get to punk, and the title cut, "Roll That Woman," and "Don't Laugh at Me" are as mean as a Sunday morning hangover. But he sings like a preacher on the hymn "Lead Me On" and falls almost into the straight--ahead blues category with his cover of "Further on up the Road." PUCKER UP BUTTERCUP is not for purists or traditionalists, but it certainly paints a vivid picture of the undercurrent charging through today's Delta.
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