Guitarist/singer Kenny Brown is one of the last white blues performers to learn his trade at the feet of the masters: North Mississippi masters Fred McDowell and Joe Callicott taught him to play, and

Guitarist/singer Kenny Brown is one of the last white blues performers to learn his trade at the feet of the masters: North Mississippi masters Fred McDowell and Joe Callicott taught him to play, and he has served as juke-buster R.L. Burnside's right-hand man for 20 years. This tough, soulful release, which should delight Burnside fans, throws a welcome spotlight on his formidable fret talents. Half the tracks here find Brown in an electric format (with Burnside's grandson Cedric on drums), while the others are adept acoustic performances. "Miss Maybelle" and R.L.'s standard "Goin' Down South" crackle and burn, while David Andrews' strikingly penned "All I Want" showcases the axeman's subtler side.—CM

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