Burnside: "Too Bad Jim"
Mississippi guitarist R.L. Burnside was one of the paragons
of state-of-the-art Delta juke joint blues."
"He learned his music from his neighbor, Fred McDowell,
and the highly rhythmic style that Burnside plays is
evident in McDowell's recording as well. Despite the
otherworldly country-blues sounds put down by Burnside
and his family band, known as the Sound Machine, his
other influences are surprisingly contemporary: Muddy
Waters, John Lee Hooker and Lightnin' Hopkins. But Burnside's
music is pure country Delta juke joint blues, heavily
rhythm-oriented and played with a slide. "
Mississippi Allstars: "Shake Hands With Shorty"
and Cody Dickinson (the sons of Memphis
producer-musician Jim Dickinson) play
guitar and drums like two true brothers on this debut
outing. Exploring the world of Mississippi modal juke-joint
music, the duo, with bassist Chris Chew,
come up with the freshest style to hit roots music in
decades. Their sound is a little bit of ZZ Top, a little
bit Allman Brothers, some hip-hop beats and samples, a
touch of Cream, and a little bit of Little Feat with the
modern inflection of jam bands like Widespread Panic --
sometimes happening all in the same song. Although the
set list is as old-timey as it gets ("Shake 'Em on
Down," "Drop Down Mama," "Drinkin'
Muddy Water"), what they do to the material is anything
but; just when you think you have them figured out, the
beat, the sound, or the approach will change."