Wish I Was in Heaven Sitting Down

Wish I Was in Heaven Sitting Down

by R.L. BurnsideR.L. Burnside

Vinyl LP(Long Playing Record)



The old adage that you can take the man out of the country but you can't take the country out of the man rings out like Sunday-morning church bells on R.L. Burnside's Wish I Was in Heaven Sitting Down . Producer John Porter (Taj Mahal, B.B. King, Billy Bragg, the Smiths) has taken the Mississippi hill-country guitarist, singer and songwriter into the studio without his six-string and put him in the company of session players like guitarist Smokey Hormel (Tom Waits, Beck) and ambient scratchers DJ Pete B and DJ Swamp. But the raw, lonesome sound of Burnside's voice prevails over tape loops and studied roots guitar licks, making the set one of the most successful blends of blues and technology to ever be captured in the studio. It's a dark set with Burnside starting off talking about fathers and sons being killed in Chicago on the droning choruses of "Hard Time Killing Floor." Pete B's scratching and a slinky slide guitar give the Skip James tune a rootless, alienated feel that carries over to more traditional blues interpretation of the title cut. Here, only Burnside and his regular guitarist, Kenny Brown, are present, but they carry the weight of the world with them. Gone are the rough and tumble good times of the recordings Burnside did with the Jon Spencer Blues Explosion, and yet, Wish I Was in Heaven Sitting Down, with its stories of poverty, injustice, drunkenness, and heartbreak, is a natural extension of that work. For though times change at the pace of a lazy river in Mississippi, Burnside is a blues survivor who at times brings a too vivid past into the moment. On the final cut, a potent talking blues "R. L.'s Story," Burnside tells the fuller tale of how murdered relatives on the mean streets of Chicago drove him back to a lean life of sharecropping.

Product Details

Release Date: 10/24/2000
Label: Fat Possum Records
UPC: 0045778033218
catalogNumber: 80332

Album Credits

Performance Credits

R.L. Burnside   Primary Artist,Guitar,Vocals
Kenny Brown   Guitar
Bradley Cook   Loops
Johnny Dyer   Harp,Background Vocals
Tommy Eyre   Wurlitzer
Rick Holmstrom   Guitar
Andy Kaulkin   Synthesizer,Piano,Keyboards,Wurlitzer
Iki Levy   Loops
John Porter   Bass,Guitar,Mandolin
Jeff Big Dad Turmes   Bass
Billy Valentine   Background Vocals
Smokey Hormel   Guitar
Steve Mugalian   Drums
Paul "Wine" Jones   Track Performer
Antony Genn   Bass
Lynwood Slim   Harp
Janiva Magness   Background Vocals
Martin Slattery   Wurlitzer
Robert Belfour   Track Performer
DJ Swamp   scratching
D.J. Pete B.   scratching

Technical Credits

Skip James   Composer
R.L. Burnside   Arranger
Bradley Cook   Producer
Andy Kaulkin   Producer
Iki Levy   Producer
Joe McGrath   Engineer
John Porter   Producer
Paul "Wine" Jones   Composer
Antony Genn   Producer
Helix Hadar   Engineer
Matthew Johnson   Producer
Richard Flack   Programming,Engineer
Traditional   Composer
Jason Henry   Artwork
Bruce Watson   Producer
Don Covay   Composer

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