Musically, a late bloomer (outside of his native Mississippi), little footage and/or recordings exist of R.L. Burnside prior to his ‘discovery’ via the folks at Fat Possum Records in the early 90s. The above video is culled from the “You See Me Laughin'” documentary that highlighted the Mississippi delta & hill country blues players the label showcased prior to their current focus on skinny white dude music. For those interested in the region’s blues, it is a great doc and well worth a watch on YouTube.

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8 Responses to “R.L. Burnside :: Going Down South (C. 1970, Mississippi)”

  1. Good clip. Gotta respect the Fat Possum guys though. At least they’re making money these days.

  2. @stephen – agreed. not a dis, just an observation.

  3. awesome clip. hearing the “new” version of this song on the season premiere of eastbound & down has me a big r.l. kick this week.

    speaking of fat possum, who would have thought they’d be reissuing ‘the slider’? i’m convinced it must have something to do with their signing of those (awesome) smith westerns kids.

  4. @k, yeah, the “Ass Pocket” version. speaking of Eastbound & Down, just saw via twitter that Richard Swift is getting some love in upcoming episodes.

    Per Slider, they also did a good job on the Townes and Al Green vinyl.

  5. Another great post. Thanks A.D.

  6. Dear AQ,

    How the f*ck did you get so great? You guys are the best.

    Anyway, I want to echo your recommendation of “You See Me Laughing” – a fascinating watch and well worth your time.

  7. Two other old clips of R.L. Burnside can be seen in the extra footage on the anniversary edition of “The Land Where the Blues Began”. He’s playing “Jumper on the Line” in the opening credits as well. Highly recommend checking it out. Belton Sutherland is another artist who made two very stirring contributions.

  8. […] Going Down South by R.L. Burnside Hello there! If you are new here, you might want to subscribe to the RSS feed for updates on this topic.Powered by WP Greet Box WordPress PluginTweetR.L. Burnside performs Going Down South in Mississippi circa 1970. From You See Me Laughin’, a documentary by Mandy Stein about Fat Possum Records’ artists. One of the best concerts I’ve ever seen, at First Avenue. Found at YouTube from counterlucid via Aquarium Drunkard. […]

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