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R.L. Burnside To Release Live Album, Burnside On Burnside, October 23


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LOS ANGELES ? August 6, 2001 ? Legendary bluesman R.L. Burnside will issue the first live recording of his five-decade career with the release of Burnside on Burnside on the Oxford, Miss.-based Fat Possum Records (distributed through Epitaph) October 23.

Recorded January 21, 2001 at Portland, Oregonís famed Crystal Ballroom, which is located on the cityís main thoroughfare, Burnside Street, the disc captures the pure, unadulterated, energy of a typical Burnside concert. The sold-out show marked the 87th anniversary of the landmark venue.

Stripped down to the bare essentials, with no bass or back-up vocalists, Burnsideís live show bristles with an energy that captures the essence and spirit of the rural Mississippi juke joints where he honed his art for more than 50 years. Burnside on Burnside features 12 tracks culled from Burnsideís extensive repertoire and is the most complete and authentic recorded document of Burnsideís dynamic live performance.

The CD highlights the talents of Burnsideís long-time touring band featuring his grandson Cedric Burnside on drums and his “adopted" son Kenny Brown on lead guitar. R.L., on rhythm guitar rounds out the traditional three-piece North Mississippi Hill Country blues ensemble.

In his review of Burnsideís concert at the House of Blues in Los Angeles, a few days after the Portland show, Los Angeles Times pop music critic Robert Hilburn commented: “His guitar playing, including lots of slideÖ gives the music the liberation and power of a train howling through the desert night." He called the event “Öa remarkable evening in which you heard the glory of the blues in every noteÖ"

At 74, Burnside remains a catalyst for making the blues relevant to a new generation. From his classic hill country blues album Too Bad Jim, to his album and tour with the Jon Spencer Blues Explosion, the former sharecropper and grandfather of “way more than 30!" is both a Mississippi blues legend and an indie-rock hero. Burnside broadened his appeal on his 1998 Fat Possum disc, Come On In, an album of songs re-shaped by Beckís producer incorporating contemporary embellishments such as turntables and ambient beats and loops. The project spawned a radio hit with “Let My Baby Ride," landing Burnside on HBOís “Reverb" and MTVís “120 Minutes." Other standout tracks “Itís Bad You Know," and “Shuck Dub," were featured on episodes of HBOís hit series “The Sopranos" and both of the showís critically acclaimed soundtrack albums. His most recent studio disc, last yearís Wish I Was In Heaven Sitting Down, earned rave reviews and added to Burnsideís growing legion of fans.

Burnside will return to the Crystal Ballroom Sept. 1, with additional dates in Seattle (Showbox, August 31), at House of Blues in Chicago on Sept. 7, and on Sept. 8 in Springfield, Missouri at the Greater Ozark Blues Festival.

Track Listing for Burnside on Burnside:

1. Shake 'Em On Down 2. Skinny Woman 3. Miss Maybelle* 4. Rollin' & Tumblin' 5. Long Haired Doney 6. Walkin' Blues 7. He Ain't Your Daddy 8. Bad Luck And Trouble 9. Jumper on the Line 10. Goin' Down South* 11. Alice Mae* 12. Snake Drive*

*denotes track recorded at Great American Music Hall in San Francisco, Calif., January 24, 2001.

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