Cedric Burnside & Lightnin' Malcolm

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Cedric Burnside & Lightnin' Malcolm

Postby blueswriter » Sun Aug 08, 2010 11:41 pm

Cedric Burnside & Lightnin' Malcolm
Two Man Wrecking Crew
Delta Groove (2008) DGPCD127

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14 tracks, 47 minutes. Excellent. It’s probably safe to say that stripped-down, bare knuckled guitar and drum duos don’t make for a significant contribution when you ponder the massive amount of music released in the world each year. While Two Man Wrecking Crew is indeed a musical oddity among a plethora of mass generated and commercially aimed album releases, the pairing of these two talents isn’t all that odd. Cedric Burnside is the grandson and former drummer for the late and much-celebrated Mississippi hill country bluesman R.L. Burnside, and Lightnin’ Malcolm was often seen in the company of the elder Burnside and other hill country bluesmen like Junior Kimbrough and Otha Turner. With similar backgrounds and an ability to speak the same trance-like musical language of their mentors, Cedric and Lightnin’ work together like a well-oiled machine. Malcolm’s guitar and vocals take the lion’s share of the spotlight on ten of the fourteen cuts, while the duo swap roles and instruments on the four tracks where Cedric is front and center. Like the long-standing hill country tradition these two musicians follow, the guitar parts and vocal lines work in unison while the drums rivet together an insistent, trance-like groove. Of special note is the disc’s opener, R.L. Burnside, an ode to Cedric’s late granddad, a stirring Mad Man Blues with its roots firmly in Howlin’ Wolf territory, and the acoustic She Don’t Love Me No More. There’s no mild way to put it, this is purely rhythmic music made for Mississippi juke joint dancers and their late night to early morning physical romps. Jason Ricci’s tasteful harmonica efforts can be heard to good effect on three cuts. Based on the age-old tradition of hill country fife and drum music, what Cedric and Malcolm do can best be seen as an art form that is sadly disappearing from the American landscape. Thankfully, the folks at Delta Groove have seen the importance of this music and preserved it. We can only hope that Two Man Wrecking Crew is the first in a series of continuing recordings.

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