R.L. Burnside - Wish I was in Heaven Sitting down (2000)
Blues | 60:59 | mp3 192 | 83,8 MB
R.L. Burnside was born in Layfayette County, near Oxford, Mississippi in 1926. As a young man R.L. moved North into the neighboring Marshall County and began sharecropping. Inspired by John Lee Hooker's '50s hit ''Boogie Chillun','' R.L. began singing blues and playing guitar. In addition to the Hooker 45 rpm there were other local forces that influenced R.L as well, such as Mississippi Fred McDowell and Ranie Burnette. Fed up with the hopelessness of sharecropping, Burnside migrated to Chicago in hopes of finding economic opportunity. Chicago did not work out. In the span of one month R.L.'s father, brother and uncle were murdered. Check out ''Hard Time Killing Floor''
and the closing ''R.L.'s Story''
for R.L's take on his early years in Chicago. Around 1959 he returned to Mississippi to again work the farms and raise a family.