Hey, it's a white dude playing the blues! Through a phalanx of distortion! He used to have a female drummer (the delightfully named Flannery O'Goner)! He kinda-sorta lives in Tennessee! He does not own a recording studio, a record store-cum-personal shrine, nor does he play in any band that features a dude from Queens of the Stone Age. He does, however, put on a pretty damn good Delta Blues-meets-Jimmy Page-circa-In My Time of Dying" raw duo show. Ostensibly (far as I can figure) named for Ferlin Husky and Smiley Burnette, Husky's blues aren't the sparks-a-flyin fretboard workouts that Mssr. White so ably conducts, but rather a seated, Son House-inspired blend of noise and nuance, his man Burma keeping time like a metronome with low battery charge. Who knows whether or not its the real deal (what's one to do, ask him if he has the blues?), but Burnette's achingly slow-burn guitar work seems to be in the right placewhich is more than most of your Alligator Records crowd can say.
Sat., Dec. 19, 2009