Junior Kimbrough - All Night Long on Vinyl LP
Junior Kimbrough All Night Long on Vinyl LP
David "Junior" Kimbrough, quite possibly the most important blues guitarist of the second half of the 20th century, redefined blues. His approach to music is so hugely different from anything that came before him that he ranks among the three greatest bluesmen of all: Son House, Bukka White and Fred McDowell. An originator, Junior did more than build on a certain tradition or perfect a certain style, he re-imagined the blues and developed a sound all his own.
Junior didn't release his first album until 1992 when he was 62, but when he finally made his first album, All Night Long (produced by Robert Palmer for Fat Possum Records), the world took notice. Rolling Stone was the first to acknowledge Junior and awarded the album four stars. In addition to giving his music long overdue exposure, All Night Long gave the Fat Possum label hope. Junior, for the most part, was not physically able to tour, now that he finally had the support of a record company.
There were notable exceptions: a string of dates with Iggy Pop, and several tours with the Fat Possum Circus (a package deal). But news traveled, to hear Junior you had to go to Mississippi. Rock bands such as the Rolling Stones, Sonic Youth and U2 made pilgrimages to Holly Springs to experience his club and hear Junior with his son Kinney Malone on drums and Garry Burnside on bass. Junior went on to record Sad Days Lonely Nights, Most Things Haven't Worked Out and the posthumously released God Knows I Tried (all on Fat Possum).
Junior was 67 when died of heart failure on January 17, 1998 at Mildred's apartment in the Holly Springs public housing project, watching TV on her couch. Mildred Washington, his companion of 30 years, had been taking care of him. Junior Kimbrough still kept a one-room bachelor's apartment at the time of his death: immaculately clean, with nothing whatsoever on the walls or tables, no pictures, no tour posters, nothing. Junior knew what he had accomplished, and didn't need any souvenirs. In addition to the 36 children he claimed, Junior put his brand on music.
Junior Kimbrough All Night Long Track Listing:
1. Work Me Baby
2. Do The Romp
3. Stay All Night
4. Meet Me In The City
5. You Better Run
6. Done Got Old
7. All Night Long
8. I Feel Alright
9. Nobody But You
10. Slow Lightnin'
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