As the story goes, field recordist George Mitchell recorded a young, North Mississippi-bluesman each evening after the tractor driver came in from the fields. The bluesman/farmer was Rural "R.L." Burnside, and the recordings (orginally for archive but eventually released commercially) became our first glimpse at the immense talent of the bluesman who later taught his kids/grandkids to play, toured the world and recorded multiple albums. Many of the songs here are the originals and covers he would play for the rest of his life. An argument could be made that he never sounded better. "Well, well, well," as R.L. would have said. Highly recommended for fans of acoustic blues. - Roger Stolle, Cat Head


Fat Possum Records.

R.L. Burnside: First Recordings