CMJ - 12/13/99, p.22
"...A must for any fan of raw blues...a legend captured in the making..."
Dirty Linen - 6-7/00, p.55
"...We're transported to that porch in Northern Mississippi....illustrating how the various spreading blues-influenced branches are connected to these roots..."
Living Blues - 1-2/00, pp.81-4
"...noteworthy for the presence on some tracks of little-known north Mississippi musicians Red Ramsey and Jesse Vortis and, especially, for the inclusion of the haunting title track, a fine take on John Lee Hooker's 'Hobo Blues'..."
Personnel: R.L. Burnside (vocals, guitar); Jesse Vortis (guitar); Red Ramsey (harmonica).
Recorded in Independence, Mississippi and Memphis, Tennessee in October 1969. Includes liner notes by Larry Hoffman & Denise Tapp.
Digitally remastered by Larry Packer and Gene Rosenthal (1999, Uncle Punchy Studios).
This is part of Genes Records' Blues Vault Series.
Personnel: R.L. Burnside (guitar); Jesse Vortis (guitar); Red Ramsey (harmonica).
Liner Note Authors: Denise Tapp; Larry Hoffman .
Recording information: Independence, MS (10/1969); Memphis, TN (10/1969).
Photographers: Gene Rosenthal; G.L. Moore.
Arranger: R.L. Burnside.
In the '90s Burnside emerged as one of the most authentic and powerful blues artists in the world, gaining international recognition as a flagship artist of the raw, "real" blues label Fat Possum. His fierce electric sound was full of fire and fury, accompanied by bashing drums and frenetic slide guitar. 'Twas not always thus, however. MY BLACK NAME A-RINGIN' contains material from one of Burside's earliest sessions (1969), when he was still an acoustic artist, pounding out unamplified versions of tunes by his heroes Muddy Waters and Lightnin' Hopkins, his style a mixture of the two (in a typical example of confusing blues propietorship, Hopkins' "Last Night Blues" is listed as "Sat Down on My Bed and Cried," credited to Burnside).
Burnside was already in his 40s in 1969, with plenty of hard living behind him. Consequently, these early recordings expose a voice full of experience and hard-learned lessons. BLACK NAME is far more focused and intense than the other pre-Fat Possum Burnside releases. Despite the acoustic setting, it's closer in spirit to Burnside's astounding '90s electric recordings.