Thursday, January 10, 2013

Listen: Down in Louisiana, the Title Song From the New Album By Bobby Rush

Blues legend Bobby Rush will release his latest album, Down in Louisiana, on February 19 via Deep Rush Visuals. The album is described as a stripped set that will remind listeners of the original sound of the Delta Blues.

Rush said in a press release "This album started in the swamps and the juke joints, where my music started, and it's also a brand new thing. Fifty years ago I put funk together with down-home blues to create my own style. Now, with Down in Louisiana, I've done the same thing with Cajun, reggae, pop, rock and blues, and it all sounds only like Bobby Rush...But no matter how much I cross over, whether it's to a larger white audience or to college listeners or fans of Americana, I'll never cross out who I am and where I've come from, my music's always gonna be funky and honest, and it's always gonna sound like Bobby Rush."

Produced by Paul Brown, who is also Rush's keyboard player, the album was recorded at Ocean Soul Studios. His backing band also includes Terry Richardson (bass) and Pete Mendillo (drums).

Here's the title track from the album:


The track list:
  • Down in Louisiana
  • You Just Like a Dresser
  • I Ain't the One
  • Tight Money
  • Don't You Cry
  • Boogie in the Dark
  • Raining in my Heart
  • Rock This House
  • What is the Blues
  • Bowlegged Woman
  • Swing Low

1 comments:

Paul Brown said...

Bobby Rush has been cranking out albums cut from the same cloth for so long that it's fair to ask what's the difference with 2013's Down in Louisiana. As it turns out, the answer is plenty.

Departing from his signature slicked-back soul-blues, Rush strips his band down to the basics -- guitar, bass, drums, keyboard, accentuated with a little accordion on occasion -- abandoning the horns and getting down and dirty.

Too often, that glossy veneer and showboating obscured Rush's considerable skills as a guitarist and vocalist, so the switch on Down in Louisiana does him some considerable favors.

Down in Louisiana packs a gut-level punch that feels even more bracing after years, even decades, of glossy grooves, so this is a sheer sonic pleasure, but what makes the record really work is that Rush doesn't abandon his signatures. He still grinds out funky vamps like "Rock This House" -- he's not digging deep, he's still all about having a very, very good time.

Thing of it is, by getting a little dirt underneath his fingernails, he's wound up with a record that will not only please his legions of fans, but an album that will convince doubters that this 77-year-old bluesman is something of a modern-day blues legend.
-Review by Stephen Thomas Erlewine

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