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12’ Bar Ramblin’ #45 ‘Back to the Hill Country’ with Stefan Matussek

10 March 2020

The state of Mississippi is home to two similar but distinct styles of the Blues: the well-known Delta Blues and the not-so-well-known North Mississippi Hill Country Blues. As the name suggests this style comes from a region east of the delta known as the hill country, which lies  within the counties of Marshall, Panola, Tate, Tippah, and Lafayette. Characteristically it sets itself apart through its heavy emphasis on rhythm and groove, utilizing repetitive guitar riffs and relatively simple song structures, where the vocals carry the primary melody of the song. Up until the 90s it remained very obscure. During this decade Fat Possum Records managed to bring the style more widespread attention.

Playlist

Mama, You Got A Daughter - John Lee Hooker
Bouncin' Ball - Othar Turner, The Rising Star Fife & Drum Band
Jim and John - Ed Young & Lonnie Young
I'll Be So Glad When the Sun Goes Down (Remastered) - Ed Young & Unidentified prisoners
When I Lay My Burden Down - Mississippi Fred McDowell
Same Man - Charles Caldwell
Ask Her for Water - T-Model Ford
Breaking My Heart - Robert Belfour
I Cried Last Night - Junior Kimbrough
I Want to Tell You What the Reason Is - Terry "Harmonica" Bean
Shake 'Em Down - Napoleon Strickland
Shake 'Em on Down - R.L. Burnside
I'm So Glad You Don't Know What's On My Mind (take 1 - Jessie Mae Hemphill & Hezekiah & The House Rockers
Black Nanny - T-Model Ford
You Better Run - Junior Kimbrough
We Made It - Cedric Burnside
BS Valley Blues - Chris Holm
In The Garden - Dave Mundy & Callum Latta
Plastic Games - John Emil
Pits - MAGPIE SMITH

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