Lightnin’ Malcolm – Renegade

January 01, 1970

(Ruf)

 

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Formerly in partnership with RL Burnside’s singing/drumming grandson
Cedric, guitarist/singer Lightnin’ Malcolm has released some of the most fresh
and vital blues music of the past few years. Now he’s subbed Cedric with
Cameron Kimbrough, grandson of another blues legend (Junior Kimbrough) and
released his solo debut Renegade.

 

As on the pair of records he released with Cedric, Malcolm
continues his quest to evolve the North Mississippi Hill Country blues, adding
horns, a rap (from J Grubbz on “North Mississippi”) and even, on the opener
“Ain’t Even Worried,”  a drum machine. Mostly,
though, he pushes the envelope through the more typical NMHCB guitar/drums
core, adding guitar licks drawn from other blues traditions and even working in
melodies from other forms. Thus we get the reggae groove of “Precious Jewel” (a
duet with Nadirah Shakoor), the soul strut of “Tell You Girl,” the Albert King
string of “Come Go With Me” and the classic rock moan of the instrumental title
track.

 

While Malcolm’s fingerpicked guitar proficiency will no
doubt draw the attention of six-string aficionados, it’s his skills as a
soulful singer, humor-laced songwriter and tradition-minded, but not bound, arranger
that make Renegade more than just
another cracker blues showcase.  

 

DOWNLOAD: “Stop
Fightin’ Over Me” “North Mississippi,” “Come
Go With Me” MICHAEL TOLAND

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