Jimmie Lee Robinson – Down In Kansas (2000/2016)
DSD64 (.dsf) 1 bit/2,8 MHz | Time – 58:43 minutes | 2,31 GB
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/88,2 kHz | Time – 58:43 minutes | 1,01 GB
Studio Master, Official Digital Download – Source: AcousticSounds | Artwork: Digital booklet
Genre: Blues | © APO Records
Killer, killer blues – Jimmie Lee’s first electric blues recording for APO Records! Features an all-star backing group of Wild Child Butler, Sam Lay, Bob Stroger and Jimmy D. Lane. Long sitting in the APO vaults, this gorgeous, live to 2-track, all-analog recording finally gets its time in the sun.
Jimmie Lee Robinson was the consummate Chicago bluesman. In fact, he was more Chicago than most of his more famous peers. Unlike the vast majority of Chicago blues greats who were from the South (overwhelmingly from Mississippi) and were part of the Great Migration north to make their musical mark, Jimmie Lee was born in the Windy City, just blocks from the bustling Maxwell Street Market which would help shape not only his own musical style but the entire genre of postwar Chicago blues as well.
After spending much of his recent years performing primarily in a solo acoustic setting, in late January 2000 Jimmie Lee returned to his electrified Chicago blues roots for one last recording session at APO. Unlike much of his recent recordings which used only one or two subtle supporting instruments, this remarkable session featured the full backing of an all-star band of Chicago blues stalwarts: Wild Child Butler on harmonica, Sam Lay on drums, Bob Stroger on bass, and Jimmy D. Lane, the son of the late great Jimmy Rogers, on second guitar. The results are a highly spirited and very satisfying mix of unadulterated Chicago blues the way it used to be played. Jimmie Lee revisits some of his best material from days long gone by and also pulls out a few of his gems from more recent times. He also pays tribute to some of his past friends and musical associates like Little Walter, Jimmy Reed and Shakey Jake on such classics as “Confessin’ the Blues”, “Ain’t that Lovin’ You Baby” and “Jake’s Cha Cha”.
01 – Jake’s Cha Cha
02 – Beer Drinking Woman
03 – Times Is Gettin’ Harder
04 – Twist It Baby
05 – Confessin’ The Blues
06 – Little Woman You’re So Sweet
07 – Lonely Traveler
08 – Peaches
09 – Just A Feeling
10 – Love Is A Hurting Game
11 – Maxwell Street
12 – Worried Life Blues
13 – Ain’t That Loving You Baby
14 – I Was Wrong
15 – Down in Kansas
Jimmie Lee Robinson – vocals, guitar
Jimmy D. Lane – guitar
George “Wild Child” Butler – harmonica
Bob Stronger – bass
Sam Lay – drums
Produced by Chad Kassem. Engineered by David Baker.
Recorded on January 27-29, 2000.