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"Juke Joint Dance Party" - Lightnin' Malcolm, Stateline Records

By Gary W. Miller

If you like your Blues down & dirty, with swirling guitar and footstompin' beats, this is a great new CD. Juke Joint Dance Party is really a special bunch of Delta works, coming from the head of a white player that "gets it". Lightnin' Malcolm gets it - that whole Delta, hill country music that is so prevalent there. Absolutely no frills are here. This is supposed to sound just like it does. If you go to Clarksdale, MS, this is what you get. If you listen awhile, you'll "get it" too. Recorded by Jimbo Mathus at the historic WROX radio station in Clarksdale, This has that gritty old - time feel to it. It inspires visions of the rough & tumble jukes that seem to pop up like cotton balls in the fields. This is what you'll hear in this part of the Delta, because this music is still there. It pulses and sweats, beating out the rhythm of hard times and hard work. It doesn't have to think very hard because it's about the very basic instincts in the Blues. Kenny Kimbrough & Scott Leeper beat drums, Gary Burnside pops bass, and Jimbo Mathus plays some guitar & background vocals. That's pretty good company! There's not much I don't like off this CD. First, it's the real thing. Second, although a white boy is copying the genre, he's great at it and it sounds right up to the mike. If you can't get this, then you like your Blues a lot smoother-or more Rock. Why does it have to be smooth or complicated? I loved this. I am still listening to it, and I see ghosts!

┬ęGary W. Miller, BluesSource.com - BluesSource.com


Discography

Lightnin' Malcolm, "Juke Joint Dance Party"
Duwayne Burnside, "Under Pressure"
Jimbo Mathus, "Knockdown South"
Burnside Exploration, "The Record"
Big George Brock, "Round Two"

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In 2004, after an adult life of ramblin' around the country, a 3 year stint in California, playing up and down the West Coast, Lightnin has finally come home, currently resides in blues lovers paradise CLARKSDALE MISSISSIPPI. A deep singer, guitarist, songwriter, Malcolm performs with backing bands as well as a one man band, playing guitar and foot drums. Over the years Malcolm has made friends and played with the best of the living blues legends in Mississippi, including: R.L. Burnside, Junior Kimbrough, T-Model Ford, Big Jack Johnson, Cedell Davis, Robert Belfour, Jessie Mae Hemphill and Otha Turner... as well as "new breed" artists like North Mississippi Allstars, Cedric and Gary Burnside, Kenny and David Kimbrough Jr. and Jimbo Mathus.