R.L. Burnside – Mr. Wizard - 1997 Delta Blues + Blues Rock - Sealed LP
R.L. Burnside – Mr. Wizard
Label: Fat Possum Records – 80301-1, Epitaph – 80301-1
Vinyl, LP, Album
Tracks numbered consecutively on back.
Issued with a printed insert (portrait / credits)
Barcode (Text): 0 4577-80301-1 8
Barcode (Scanned): 045778030118
Genre: Rock, Blues
Style: Blues Rock, Delta Blues
A1 Over The Hill
A2 Alice Mae
A3 Georgia Women
A4 Snake Drive
B1 Rollin' & Tumblin'
B2 Out On The Road
B3 Highway 7
B4 Tribute To Fred
B5 You Gotta Move
Drums – Cedric Burnside (tracks: A3 to B2, B4), Russell Simins (tracks: A2, B3)
Guitar – Judah Bauer (tracks: A2, B3), Kenny Brown (2) (tracks: A2 to B4)
Guitar, Theremin – Jon Spencer (tracks: A2, B3)
Guitar, Vocals – R.L. Burnside
Tracks A1, B5 recorded [...] at Burnside Palace, September '95.
Tracks A2 to A4, B3 recorded [...] at Lunati Farms, February '96.
Track B1 recorded [...] at Doug Messenger's, N. Hollywood, CA, November '96.
Track B2 recorded [...] at Junior Kimbrough's Juke Joint, Chulahoma, MS, September '94.
Track B4 recorded [...] at Jimmy's Auto Care, Oxford, MS, February '95
Inspired by John Lee Hooker's '50s 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.
In 1997 R.L. released Mr. Wizard, Fat Possum's debut record on their new distribution label Epitaph. The album featured R.L's hardcore touring mates, grandson Cedric Burnside and adopted son Kenny Brown.
One of my favorite tracks has to be "Rollin' & Tumblin
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