At the time these tracks were cut, 1967 and 1968, R.L. Burnside was working on a plantation in Coldwater, MS, cutting silage. Folklorist George Mitchell was on a mission to record unknown blues singers down South. Mitchell heard about Burnside and paid him a visit, asking if he could record him. That night Mitchell returned to Burnside's place with a case of beer and some whiskey. Ten months later, Burnside had his first release. While these 14 tracks didn't jump start Burnside's career, they are stark, organic, and timeless, just Burnside and his acoustic guitar running down mainly traditional material that he arranged. This is an absolute treasure for Burnside aficionados and casual blues listeners alike.
Young soprano Rosa Feola captured international attention as a treble prize-winner at the Plácido Domingo World Opera Competition (2010). Attributed ‘blazing star potential’ for her sensitive phrasing and imaginative colouring of words (Telegraph), she brings her feel for text to this celebration of music and Italian poetry, in which master orchestrator Respighi paints Tuscan folk scenes and woodland deities and the virtuoso Liszt is inspired by Petrarch. Presenting the major singers of today and the stars of tomorrow, the Rosenblatt Recitals are London's only world-class season of opera recitals.
For the first time, the 1982 recordings in Groningen, Netherlands with Leo Bruin have arrived on vinyl. Here you find R.L. Burnside, alone with only his guitar and his voice. Showing off his skills even in his younger days, in the vein of John Lee Hooker and Fred McDowell.
When it comes to Mississippi-rooted blues delivered with pure passion and grit, no living performer equaled Robert Lee Burnside.
Born near Oxford, Mississippi, in 1926, he moved around and finally settled in Holly Springs, making a living on the farm as a sharecropper. At the age of seventeen he took up singing and playing guitar. One of his teachers is former next-door neighbour Mississippi Fred McDowell, one of the most influential bottleneck players ever. With its roots in the rough hills of North-Eastern Mississippi: a blend of hypnotic, almost mantra-like chords with the rhythm of the local Fife And Drum bands, which has its source in Africa and goes back to the 19th century.