Singer-songwriter Lissie Maurus was born and raised in eastern Illinois, right beside the
Mississippi River. The nature-loving, solitude-seeking Midwesterner began writing music in high school and quickly began performing at coffee shops and open mics.
Now residing in California, Maurus is about to release her debut, the Why You Runnin'
EP, which provides a five-song introduction to her bluesy folk.Shifting from upbeat tunes to soft-spoken country, hints of '60s souland subtle pop, Maurus' sweet and rustic voice ties each track together seamlessly
Why You Runnin' can be bought now at the Fat Possum Store!more
It's been out of stock for quite some time, but we decided tor bring it back on 180 Gram vinyl
get it over at the storemore
"Just when you thought that the only blues being recorded today was the slick, canned kind, along comes Junior Kimbrough. Kimbrough isn't exactly a new artist – he's been playing the blues and running a Mississippi juke joint for some thirty years – but All Night Long is his debut album. And what a debut it is.
Don't expect Kimbrough's blues to be deep in the down-home folk-blues tradition. All Night Long is laced with rocking rhythms and long, trance-inducing electric-guitar passages that are like nothing you've heard before. With the exception of the opening tracks, "Work Me Baby" and "Do the Romp," and the clincher, "Slow Lightnin'," which feature Kimbrough solo, creating spidery guitar riffs as a backdrop to his field-holler-inspired vocals, the album is unadulterated juke-joint dance music. The songs are brutally honest and juiced with a fervor that will shiver your soul as sure as move your feet.
Backed by the Soul Blues Boys – bassist Garry Burnside and drummer Kenny Malone – Kimbrough sketches landscapes of strange emotional magnitude. Using eerily constructed, haunting guitar licks that one minute recall the boogie badness of John Lee Hooker and the next bring to mind the irregular and detached guitar musings of Robert Pete Williams, Kimbrough's mission is clear: Make the blues mean something.
On "Meet Me in the City" and "Nobody but You," Kimbrough serves up stark, plaintive vocal phrases that perfectly complement his guitar work. "Done Got Old" and the title track blister with feeling and Mississippi funk. Kimbrough's lyrics are hardly poetic; they're simply put and delivered. Yet because of the way in which he shapes them – using wails and moans to accent his desires – they reveal volumes about the human spirit.
Few albums recorded during this current blues revival are as original or intense as All Night Long. Produced by blues scholar and Rolling Stone Contributing Editor Robert Palmer and recorded at the juke joint Kimbrough owns, these performances confirm that in the right hands the blues are still one of America's most vital musical forms."
- ROBERT SANTELLI
Clear your holiday playlists: Gaz Coombes and Danny Goffey of Supergrass have teamed up with producer extraordinaire Nigel Godrich to bring you the must-have party record of 2010 (and beyond) with Turn Ons, their debut as THE HOT RATS, scheduled for release January 19 on Fat Possum.
What began as Gaz and Danny taking a little time out from their Supergrass commitments for a studio lark has now resulted in a modern day psychedelic punk descendant of Bowie’s Pin Ups: often irreverent and sometimes initially unrecognizable but always loving and respectful re-imaginings of 12 classics spanning 40 years of rock, punk and even hip hop. Icons receiving the celebratory HOT RATS treatment range from the Kinks, Velvet Underground and Pink Floyd to the Sex Pistols, Beastie Boys and more.
Having whipped festival crowds into rock and roll frenzies across the UK this summer, THE HOT RATS have now targeted the lovely weather of the U.S. in January for their first ever stateside shows. Confirmed dates are as follows and will be on sale Friday October 2:
Tue-Jan-12 Brooklyn NY Music Hall of Williamsburg
Thu-Jan-14 New York NY Bowery Ballroom
Tue-Jan-19 Los Angeles CA Spaceland
Thu-Jan-21 Los Angeles CA Troubadour