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Saturday, 15 June 2013
Not The Same Old Blues Crap
Not the Same Old Blues Crap - Fat Possum Records description not mine
Founded in the north Mississippi town of Holly Springs in 1992 by Peter Redvers-Lee and Matthew Johnson , Fat Possum were particularly successful in trawling the jails, fields and bars to discover the last of the backwood's blues men.
Artists of note include R.L. Burnside, Charles Caldwell, T-Model Ford and Junior Kimsbrough and they were also the first label of the Black Keys who have gone onto greater things. Solomon Burke's epic Don't Give Up On Me also appear on Fat Possum
They issued a fantastic DVD - You See Me Laughin' - the last of the Hill Country Bluesmen in 2005 which I thoroughly recommend and features "musicians whose lives of violence, poverty,chance, charm and luck reinforce the precarious relationship between record label and artist."
There are a couple of cheap samplers out there which are worth checking out
Little Freddie King - Crack Head Joe
R.L. Burnside - Goin' Down South
On the subject of discovering musicians with interesting backgrounds in later life the BBC 4 programme on last night about Charles Bradley the Soul singer on Daptone Records was absolutely brilliant and uplifting. I can feel a purchase coming on!