R.l. Burnside - Jumper On The Line

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  1. Peter Rarebit

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    This is an example of a modal blues - he doesn't leave the I chord. I find these songs pretty fascinating. Also, hey, he's playing a tele!

    This is actually a clip from the 1992 Deep Blues documentary - the white dude that appears briefly is Dave Stewart (Eurythmics Dave Stewart, yeah).
     
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    I love this Vid! I have been off and on trying to capture that rhythm and tone since the first time I saw this vid years ago. I just cant get the timing and feel right. Same for the Belton Sutherland's similar style.
    I believe the video is late 80s but you are right its a Stewart video. Whatever I much prefer the early recordings to the more processed style of his later commercial years with buddy Jon Spenser and his drummer (grandson?). Im really happy he was able to bring in some income from music in those years however.
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    check this porch picker, Belton Sutherland, cant get out of first gear and still manages huge tonal and rhythmic interest. Werent Burnside and Sutherland both north Mississippi style?

     
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    Yeah! Its just hypnotic- I guess this is more like an unaccompanied style, but I've dug up a few recordings of full bands just hanging on that I chord. Amazing.
     
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    The film was a collaboration between Robert Palmer and Dave Stewart. To be honest Stewart was having a little trouble nailing RL's groove too, but he had the sense to stay out of RL's way.

    I love RL's style and the North Mississippi sound. He did a great live album with his electric band called Burnside on Burnside, and I also like a lot of those tracks that fused hypnotic one chord blues with hip hop grooves, although I gather that was mostly post-humous work by his producers.



    BTW if you enjoy reading about music check out Robert Palmer's writing. Probably the best writer about American music that I've come across.
     
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    There are some great clips in Deep Blues (the movie), but overall I don't think it lived up to the high benchmark set by probably the best book out there on the subject.

    Perhaps I viewed it through that lens, having read the book just before, and it has value in its own right. I'll watch it again this weekend. My fave movies on this subject are the Martin Scorcese set.

    RIP Robert Palmer.
     
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    i love those songs. Don t need much that one chord then ?
     
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    Reminiscent to some of Miles, Kind of Blue, modalities...gotta love those mo-down grooves, reminding me of Miles final session with John Lee Hooker & other great company;

     
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    Hi guys - wicked thread!

    Hope its okay to post a wee lesson on R.L. Burnsides struming technique - not easy!

     
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    This is one of my fave ever clips. I had an operation 4 years ago and had to spend a month in bed: must have listened to this 100 times

    It is actually pretty easy once you get it
     
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    That’s a great clip. I love playing Burnside. It’s so hard to learn, but when you’ve got a song, it seems so easy.
     
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    A great thank you for this lesson
     
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