Wish I Was in Heaven Sitting Down

Wish I Was in Heaven Sitting Down

by R.L. Burnside
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R.L Burnside is the ultimate paradox of blues music--- he is the last genuine performer of raw Mississppi hill country sound, as well as the most cutting edge crossover artist the blues has had in the past 30 years. His new record Wish I Was In Heaven Sitting Down proves it. Wish I Was In Heaven Sitting Down is the accumulation of 73 years of hard-earned experience and contains some of R.L.¿s best singing ever. His voice has gained maturity and depth, while his phrasing is detailed and emotional. This is particularly evident on the title track, a gospel gem accompanied only by Kenny Brown¿s driving acoustic guitar, while ¿Hard Time Killing Floor¿, and ¿Got Messed Up¿ mix ambient beats with slide guitars, DJ scratches and R.L.¿s mournful moan. On this album, you will also find R.L. shouting (¿Miss Maybelle¿), hollerin¿ (¿See What My Buddy Done¿) and even joking (¿Too Many Ups, & Nothing Man¿). R.L. Burnside was born in Layfayette County, near Oxford, Mississippi in 1926. As a young man R.L. moved North into the neighboring Marshall County and began sharecropping. Inspired by John Lee Hookers¿ 1950¿s hit ¿Boogie Chillun¿,¿ R.L. began singing blues and playing guitar. In addition to the Hooker 45 rpm there were other local forces that influenced R.L as well: such as ¿Mississippi¿ Fred McDowell and Ranie Burnette. Fed up with the hopelessness of sharecropping, Burnside migrated to Chicago in hopes of finding economic opportunity. Chicago did not work out. In the span of one month R.L.¿s father, brother and uncle were murdered. Check out ¿Hard Time Killing Floor¿ and the closing ¿R.L.¿s Story¿ for R.L¿s take on his early years in Chicago. Around 1959 he returned to Mississippi to again work the farms and raise a family. He also started to play music at night and on weekends. R.L.¿s first recordings appeared on a 1967 Arhoolie compilation. Although R.L. preferred electric guitar, the fashion of the day dictated that he be recorded acoustically. These recordings earned Burnside enough of a reputation to play festivals and tours at home and abroad. Throughout the `70s and `80s R.L. played with a family band consisting of sons Joseph and Daniel as well as son-in-law Calvin Jackson, known as the Sound Machine. Though a local favorite R.L. and the Sound Machine were barely known outside of North Mississippi. This all began to change for R.L. in the early `90s when the documentary film based on Robert Palmer¿s book Deep Blues featured R.L. as one of its highlights. Subsequently Palmer produced R.L.¿s Too Bad Jim for the fledgling Fat Possum label. Along with Junior Kimbrough¿s All Night Long, Too Bad Jim was one of the most important and influential blues albums of the `90s. It¿s the year 2000 and R.L. Burnside is still breaking down boundaries, and bringing the blues to where it¿s never gone before. Wish I Was In Heaven Sitting Down is R.L.¿s story. Listen up.