Album Review: White Buffalo by Jimbo Mathus + several artists resourced

Over the last decade, since the demise of the Squirrel Nut Zippers, Mathus has been a continual presence on the Americana landscape and the driving force on a number of stunning projects. He cut a particularly wonderful album with members of the North Mississippi Allstars, which was dedicated to his improbable childhood nanny, Rosetta Patton, the daughter of perhaps the most legendary Delta bluesman of all, Charley Patton. He recorded and toured with Chicago blues guitar genius Buddy Guy, and he formed notable bands like the Knockdown Society with Luther Dickinson and the South Memphis String Band with the great Alvin "Youngblood" Hart. He also founded a recording studio called Delta Recording Service—originally located in Clarksdale but later transplanted to the ancient Delta town of Como—that was filled with old tube amplifiers, valve recording consoles and ribbon microphones, an impressive repository of vintage audio recording equipment. As a producer and engineer, he recorded scores of notable sessions, including Elvis Costello in 2005 and King Louie and The Loose Diamonds in 2007. His latest group, certainly the toughest band Mathus has put together, is called the Tri-State Coalition. With great skill and remarkable intuition, the Tri-State Coalition manages to bring the whole of Mathus' foregoing musical legacy to bear on his new songs.  
(Read the entire, informative review at Oxford American. The above is an excerpt)


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