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Ass Pocket of Whiskey (Dig)
R.L. Burnside
Ass Pocket of Whiskey (Dig)
Genres: Blues, Pop, R&B
 
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Recorded in one afternoon in the Holly Springs, Mississippi, hometown of 69-year-old blues great R.L. Burnside, A Ass Pocket of Whiskey documents a single noisy, spirited session with Burnside, his sideman Kenny Brown, and...  more »

      
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All Artists: R.L. Burnside
Title: Ass Pocket of Whiskey (Dig)
Members Wishing: 5
Total Copies: 0
Label: Fat Possum Records
Original Release Date: 1/1/2005
Re-Release Date: 7/12/2005
Genres: Blues, Pop, R&B
Styles: Delta Blues, Traditional Blues, Electric Blues, Modern Blues, Soul
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaCD Credits: 1
UPC: 767981102627

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Recorded in one afternoon in the Holly Springs, Mississippi, hometown of 69-year-old blues great R.L. Burnside, A Ass Pocket of Whiskey documents a single noisy, spirited session with Burnside, his sideman Kenny Brown, and the punk-bred blues reconstructionist trio called the Jon Spencer Blues Explosion. The pairing of JSBE, led by a white Ivy League dropout turned downtown New York scuz who poses as a hard-living blues rocker, and R.L. Burnside, the last of the real down-home badass bluesmen of the Mississippi hills, is strange--perhaps sacrilege to blues purists--but oddly appropriate. And the moments of pure musical chaos caught on this record--both cross-cultural and cross-generational--sound entirely within the realm of both acts. With its unorthodox accompaniment (including wheezy theremin and Spencer's trademark shouts), the album is probably not the most fitting introduction to Burnside. But as the oldest man ever to record for the hip indie-rockers at Matador, no doubt he gladly sacrificed juke-joint obscurity for the chance to appear on MTV's 120 Minutes. --Roni Sarig

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Love it or leave it...
Real Name - Real Name | Island of the Unreal | 11/05/2005
(4 out of 5 stars)

"Another reviewer here claims that RL didn't make any money from this release. Not true. This was his all time best commercial success, and paid him enough to put a new roof on his house, a roof under which lived his wife, 12 children, and several grandchildren, and a roof that had been a long-time-a-leakin.

Unfortunately, he's no longer with us. The truth about the music on this CD is mixed. There is some good, raw rockin' here. There is also some annoying noise, and the record approaches parody. But sometimes the best way to parody life is to simply hold up a mirror.

What both blues and rock really were at their heart from the very start is a lot of sweat, noise, booze, sex, profanity, and all around hell-raising. It was always the commercial record companies that cleaned it up for public consumption, gave it a haircut & shave, made it into boy scout music, made some of the nastiest, rowdiest musicians in history look like the Beach Boys. The insanity captured on this record may actually be more akin to what really happened in house parties when Robert Johnson was banging away and screaming in the middle of the night about satan & booze & sex! No commercial record ever captured that reality, not even close, and you'll never see nor here it in any 'House of Blues'. But it is a reality, and one that most modern white suburban blues hounds don't know a whole lot about, and probably never will.

Just buy the damn thing (or steal it) and shut up!"
"you want another drink?"
blues_punk | 07/23/2007
(5 out of 5 stars)

"burnside teams with spencer and the blues explosion for a delightfully unrehearsed jam. if you are a fan of either you'll appreciate the musical journey."
Jam session
S. W. Johnson | Australia | 04/21/2008
(4 out of 5 stars)

"basically a jam session with jon spencer whose guitar work really compliments and adds extra dimension to cd"