David Kimbrough, 28 July 1930, Hudsonville, Mississippi, USA, d. 17 January 1998, Holly Springs, Mississippi, USA. Kimbrough described his music as cottonpatch blues but commentators preferred to see it as the resurgence of the juke joint style, once synonymous with Frank Frost, of which Kimbrough and R.L. Burnside are the finest recent exponents. His synthesis of the North Mississippi hill country musical tradition relied upon minimal instrumentation, mesmeric repetition and the seemingly random but instinctive orchestration of basic blues disciplines. Picking up his brothers guitar at the age of eight, Kimbrough absorbed the music of neighbours Mississippi Fred McDowell and Eli Green, became part of their circle and played for parties and jukes until his untimely death in 1998. Cited by rockabilly artist Charlie Feathers and others as a major influence and thus, by inference, vital to the creation of the Sun sound,...
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