A Bothered Mind

A Bothered Mind

by R.L. BurnsideR.L. Burnside


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Muddy Waters did it with Johnny Winter, John Lee Hooker started with Canned Heat before moving on to Van Morrison, and most recently it has been Mississippi bluesman R. L. Burnside recording with rock bands as a way to broaden his appeal. Burnside joined the Jon Spencer Blues Explosion for the raucous blues-bar outing Ass Pocket of Whiskey. Then dub versions and mixes began to appear on his CDs, and most recently Burnside is heard on the Sopranos soundtracks and MTV’s Real World. The guitarist’s A Bothered Mind is also a stylistic blend. From the ancient Mississippi hill sounds of the 1968 solo recording “Bird Without a Feather” to the electric boogie of “Rollin’ and Tumblin’ " to the droning lyrics, guitar, and mixing on “Glory Be,” Burnside is in his element. The addition of scratching on “Stole My Check” and Kid Rock furiously rapping throughout “My Name Is Robert Too” feels like yesterday’s desperation joined to today's for some of the most potent post-rap music around. This rootsy, angry sound is soothed by the tightly fused, good-rockin’ “Someday Baby,” on which the underground rapper/instrumentalist Born shares the spotlight with Burnside. A Bothered Mind is Burnside’s most adventurous recording to date, and it is sure to take a larger audience by surprise.

Product Details

Release Date: 08/17/2004
Label: Fat Possum Records
UPC: 0767981101323
catalogNumber: 1101

Album Credits

Performance Credits

R.L. Burnside   Primary Artist,Guitar,Vocals
Kid Rock   Vocals
Kenny Brown   Guitar,Slide Guitar
Martin Gross   Guitar,Drums
Kenny Olson   Bass,Guitar,Bass Guitar
Lyrics Born   Vocals,Various
Jimmy Bones   Harmonica,Piano,Harp,Keyboards
Mike E. Clark   scratching
Cedric Burnside   Drums
Mike Smith   Bass,Guitar
John Scott Evans   Saxophone
Mike Smith   Guitar,Bass Guitar
Mike Hollis   Bass Guitar

Technical Credits

R.L. Burnside   Composer
Martin Gross   Producer,Engineer,Audio Production
Lyrics Born   Instrumentation
Matthew Johnson   Producer
T. Shimura   Arranger,Producer
Traditional   Composer
George Mitchell   Engineer
Bruce Watson   Producer
Robert J. Ritchie   Composer

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