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Bobby RUSH – Folkfunk 2004

Posted in BLUES, Bobby RUSH on November 30, 2010 by whoisthemonk

Bobby RUSH – Folkfunk 2004


Inhaling Hendrix through Hooker and letting it all out through the Delta traditions he was raised on, 64-year-old Bobby Rush has made one of the best blues albums of the past decade or two. With help from the next generation of bluesmen (Alvin Youngblood Hart), Rush uses a commanding vocal presence to make this music leap out of the speakers. Whether the topic is history (“Everybody Wants to Know”) or come hither (“Ride in My Automobile”), these songs prove that there is still life along the sanitized assembly line that dominates the blues market today.
‘Folk funk’ is what Bobby Rush has been calling his brand of Southern-fried blues and soul for several years, and now it’s the title for the second release on his own Deep Rush label, and guess what, folks, it is quite likely the best album he’s ever done. Joined by Alvin Youngblood Hart on guitar and Charlie Jenkins on drums, with Rush handling nigh everything else, the sound for “Folkfunk” is stripped down to a basic rhythmic force, and freed from the synthesized keyboards that often marred his earlier releases, it makes a sparse and powerful statement, a bit like John Lee Hooker working with a solid funk trio. Rumour has it that the whole album was recorded in one five-hour session, which may account for its unified tone. Among the high points are a thumping ‘Uncle Esau,’ a wonderful version of Percy Mayfield’s ‘River’s Invitation,’ and a revisit to Rush’s classic ‘Chicken Heads,’ here called ‘Chicken Heads -Refried.’ On ‘Saints Gotta Move’ Rush grafts ‘When the Saints Go Marching In’ to ‘You Gotta Move’ in a rousing synthesis. By stripping away any excess instrumentation, “Folkfunk” allows Rush’s truly excessive (and frequently bawdy) persona to shine through in all its glory, making this easily one of his best outings.
By Steve Leggett, All Music Guide.
In the late 40s, he moved to Pine Bluff, Arkansas where as a teen he donned a fake mustache to play in local juke joints with bluesmen such as Elmore James, Boyd Gilmore, and John “Big Moose” Walker. His family relocated to Chicago in 1953 where he became part of the local blues scene in the following decade.[1] In the early 1980s he moved to Jackson, Mississippi, where he recorded a series of records for the LaJam label, Malaco’s Waldoxy imprint, and more recently his own Deep Rush label. 2004’s FolkFunk was a return to a more rootsier sound, featuring guitarist Alvin Youngblood Hart. He appeared in the film, The Road to Memphis which is part of the series The Blues, produced by Martin Scorsese. Rush was also a judge for the second annual Independent Music Awards to support independent artists’ careers.[2]

Rush received recognition for his music after the release of his twenty second album Rush, when he was awarded “Best Male Soul Blues Artist” at the Blues Music Awards. He also received “best acoustic artist” and “best acoustic album” for his album Raw. His most recent albums are Look At What You Gettin’ (2008) and Blind Snake (2009).
Alvin Youngblood Hart- Guitar
Bobby Rush- Bass, Guitar, Harmonica, Vocals
Charlie Jenkins- Drums
Jessie Mae Robinson- Guitar
Steve Johnson- Bass
01. Feeling Good-Part One 5:02
02. Uncle Esau 3:53
03. Ninety-Nine 3:00
04. Chicken Heads-Refried 4:54
05. Ride In My Automobile 4:41
06. River’s Invitation 4:10
07. Everybody Wants to Know 6:10
08. Voodoo Man 6:31
09. Get Back 3:56
10. Saints Gotta Move 4:03
11. Feeling Good-Part Two 3:21

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