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Junior Kimbrough & the Soul Blues Boys: All Night Long; R.L. Burnside & the Sound Machine: Bad Luck City (both Fat Possum)

Robert Gordon, L.A. Weekly, 27 May 1993

BOTH THESE albums go to great lengths to take listeners to new places. Producer Robert Palmer fabricated a studio environment in the former sanctified church that currently houses Junior Kimbrough's juke joint. Kimbrough has honed his blues for 30 or so years in Mississippi joints and house parties, creating a hypnotizing style which, like the clear bootleg whiskey that often accompanies it, descends on your whole person. When he plays his guitar and moans in close accompaniment, listeners become but victims in his web.

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