Tag Archives: Fat Possum Records

Jimbo Mathus & the Tri-State Coalition, White Buffalo (Fat Possum Records)

Growing up with Charlie Patton’s daughter Rosetta as a nanny gives Jimbo Mathus some seriously deep roots in the Mississippi blues. According to Mathus, “Only those born and raised in North Mississippi will know exactly what I mean; to those set adrift amidst broke-dick rednecks, radical Pentecostalism, moonshine bootleggers and Pusser-mania, there are two kings [...]

Bass Drum of Death at One Eyed Jacks July 13

I happened to be in Boston with a night to myself a few weeks back when Bass Drum of Death was playing some Boston College dive bar right on the subway line. Their GB City happens to be one of the best records of last year. Things never line up like that, so when it [...]

J.R. Fields and Blackfire Revelation

“I’m basically a ’70s blues rocker,” says J.R. Fields while closing his Truck Stop Clothing Co. for the night. “Anything that took blues and made it ultra-heavy and loud as hell—that’s what I dig.” Fields’ personal preferences are on display on the self-titled Blackfire Revelation LP, recently released on his Southern Reconstruction label. Initially written [...]

Blackfire Burns Again

It’s a Friday afternoon and J. R. Fields is preparing to close Truck Stop Clothing Co. for the night. Fields owns and operates the store on Magazine Street, where he has created a southern blues rock atmosphere. Vintage denim, leather, boots, trucker caps and belt buckles are scattered throughout, all complemented by a Kegerator tucked [...]

Reverend John Wilkins, You Can’t Hurry God (Fat Possum Records)

It’s hard to believe that the same Fat Possum who put out the bad man blues of R.L. Burnside, T-Model Ford, and the “Crack Whore Blues” is now releasing a spiritual album, but when the artist is the Reverend John Wilkins, it makes sense. Wilkins is the son of Robert Wilkins of “Prodigal Son” and [...]

Louisiana Red, Sweet Blood Call (Fat Possum Records)

I was fine with this until the sort-of title track—“Sweetblood Call,” two words, versus the album title above—and then I couldn’t carry it anymore. That’s the song about sticking a gun in a woman’s mouth and threatening to pull the trigger. I thought about it, but I just can’t carry that. Damn shame too since [...]

Interview with John Fields of Blackfire Revelation

“While many artists would coast the middle of the road in mediocre lyrics and unassuming chords, Blackfire Revelation treated the dividing line like the Plague. One must have an opinion of the soulful rock ‘n’ roll of the Blackfire Revelation.” So reads the bio of this two-person, New Orleans hard rock revival. Mindful of his [...]

Soul Searchin’ With Solomon Burke

Phone interviews are always risky. Without the added bonus of facial expressions and appearance, it’s sometimes difficult for the interviewer and interviewee to truly get comfortable with each other. In the past, I’ve conversed with both the monotonic and the stimulating, the bored and the over-anxious, but nothing prepared me for my conversation with the [...]