My 2009 release, 'Awendaw', was a a solo, stripped-down Blues record that was original and fresh but stayed in the traditional realm of acoustic style Delta Blues. I was fortunate enough to have a backer for the production end but did the promotion with virtually no resources. Still, "Awendaw" managed to receive international airplay and critical acclaim.
This time around, I really felt the need to move in a different direction. I enlisted two of North Mississippi's finest: Jimbo Mathus and Justin Showah to produce, engineer and play. We spent 3 days in mid October at Delta Recording Service, in Como, MS jamming down on some stuff I had cooked up for the occasion. We had been talking about doing this for awhile and I just decided we'd better hit it while we had a chance to get it groovin' in the right place at the right time. Between myself and Jimbo and Justin's band, The Tri-State Coalition, we gig heavily. It's hard to find a window of opportunity.
This turned out to be the perfect situation! We locked it up and threw down live with minimal overdubs, super room vibes, amps on the verge of blowing up and plenty of fun playing music how we like it: hot, raw, and with no constraints. The results are apparent in the 11 tracks on "Push Pilin'", named for the first and title cut, which is about illegal subsistence farming. This stuff is Blues, it Rocks, it pushes the envelope and also has some controversial material. In short, I think our heroes, Junior Kimbrough and R. L. Burnside would be proud. Joey Ramone and Jimi Hendrix would approve as well. It has a Como, MS Hill Country stamp, no escaping that... or wanting to, but moves in a direction we feel will resonate with other audiences as well. It's also one hell of a good record to just jam out to!