V/A Sunday Nights: Songs of Jr. Kimbrough CD review [Fat Possum]

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V/A Sunday Nights: Songs of Jr. Kimbrough CD review [Fat Possum]
Jan 11, 2005, 23:31

VARIOUS ARTISTS Sunday Nights: The Songs of Junior Kimbrough CD

Tribute records are a tricky thing especially when you're covering sacred ground. Usually they're a waste of time as you end up with a list of nobodies who give an awful interpretation of their hero's music. There have only been a handful of tributes that are even worth mentioning since they're often so bad it becomes an embarrassment to the one being paid the honor. Fortunately the caliber of artists collected on Sunday Nights to pay respect to the late bluesman Junior Kimbrough are top notch.

The Stooges open and close Sunday Nights with their rendition of “You Better Run” which Iggy turns into a violent tale of deviant debauchery delivered with dark fervor and a wry smile. Not bad for a bunch of old bastards who are perhaps offering up a small tease of what to expect from a forthcoming full-length. Fat Possum's own The Heartless Bastards make one of two versions of “Done Got Old” their own and singer Erika Wennerstrom's voice is perfectly raw and haunting like the delta itself. The Black Keys and Mark Lanegan each turn in guttural odes to the man who never released a record before he was in his sixties. Recent scene-stealers The Fiery Furnaces and The Ponys also make the roster and contribute a couple of fine tracks that would have made Kimbrough proud. [Fat Possum]

-Troy Brookins

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