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Wednesday, September 30, 2015
Bobby Rush 4-CD box set 'Chicken Heads' collects 50 years and 20+ labels
50 YEARS OF MISSISSIPPI BLUES
LEGEND BOBBY RUSH — CULLED FROM MORE THAN 20 LABELS — COMING ON FOUR DISCS FROM OMNIVORE RECORDINGS ON NOVEMBER 27, 2015
Chicken Heads: A 50-Year
History of Bobby Rush box set contains nearly five hours of music with 32-page
booklet, noted by Bill Dahl, with quotes from Mavis Staples, Keb’ Mo’,
Elvin Bishop, Leon Huff, Al Bell and more.
“Bobby Rush is among the most
treasured blues singers of all time. Because when the blues saints go
marching in, Bobby Rush will be in that number.” —Leon Huff
Bobby Rush (Photo by James Patterson)
LOS ANGELES, Calif. — When you’ve
played with Elmore James, Howlin’ Wolf, Muddy Waters,
Reed, you must be on to something. When
you’ve had a multi-generational career in music, spanning blues, soul and
funk, that’s something else.
incredible half century of recorded music is ready to be devoured by those
who’ve never tasted and those who want another helping on Chicken Heads: A
50-Year History of Bobby Rush,
due out November 27, 2015
Nearly 100 tracks from the three-time Grammy®
nominee’s storied career are finally
collected in this unprecedented set. Including his Checker, Galaxy,
sides through Philadelphia International, Malaco/Waldoxy,
LaJam, and Urgent cuts,
as well as material from his own Deep Rush
label, Chicken Headstells the story of Bobby Rush:
unfiltered, unedited and unbelievable. With almost five hours of music on
four CDs, Chicken Headstraces his career from 1964’s “Someday”
through the title track, from 1979 collaborations with Gamble &
Huff to tracks from 2004’s FolkFunk.
The 32-page, full-color booklet is filled
with photos, ephemera, liner notes from Bill Dahl
and testimonials from friends and fans including Mavis Staples,
Keb’ Mo’, Elvin Bishop, Denise LaSalle, Leon Huff, Al Bell, and
many more. With mastering and restoration by Grammy®
winner Michael Graves, Bobby’s vintage
recordings have never sounded better.
Born in Homer, La. in 1933, Rush cut his
musical teeth in the Pine Bluff, Ark. area with the likes of Elmore James
Big Moose Walker. A move to
Chicago in the 1950s put him in the company of Muddy Waters
Jimmy Reed, and led to sessions at the city’s
Records. 1971’s “Chicken Heads” proved his
breakthrough, notching #34 on the Billboard R&B
chart. He since recorded for a variety of labels and relocated in the 1980s
to the Deep South, where he became one of the kings of the Chitlin’ Circuit.
His crossover began largely in the early 2000s when he was included in the Martin Scorsese-produced,
Eastwood-directed The Blues
documentary for PBS.
Since then, he’s received three Grammy®
nominations and 41 Blues Music Award
nominations (of which he’s won ten,
including 2015’s award for B.B. King Entertainer of the Year).
He performed with Dan Aykroyd
the Roots on The Tonight Show
With Jimmy Fallon in 2014, and
appeared in the documentary film Take Me to the
River, pairing blues and soul legends
with young artists. At the age of 80, he still performs more than 200 shows
all over the world.
Mavis Staples attests, “He’s
been a longtime friend, an honorable man, and my father loved him. He’s a
joyful, happy person, and that rubs off on you when you run into him — you
can’t help but feel good when you’re around Bobby. He’s always been
respectful of me and my sisters, and he was like a son to Pops.
I’m a big fan.”
According to Rush, “It’s very exciting.
Truly I feel honored that someone would think enough of me to do this. The
record side of it is the glory side of me and that’s the side that I want
people to know and I’m grateful for that. I’m happy that someone thought
before I leave this land to tell my story. I’m proud of it and flattered
about it. I want the world to know that this is my first time and I want to
say it for people to be enthused about me. I’m not enthused about all of
the songs because at the time I didn’t think they were all good. But after
you become a ‘legend,’ you look back and it all looks good. There are
things you had in the can you didn’t want to put out, and then you get
asked what you have in the can that’s never been heard to put it out.”
As annotator Dahl comments at the opening
of his essay: “Blues never get funkier than when Bobby Rush swaggers up to
the mic and lets fly with his homespun truisms. He’s always in motion,
always smiling, always on fire as his skintight band cooks up irresistible
elastic grooves behind him.”
So, prepare to get funky with Chicken Heads: A
50-Year History of Bobby Rush!
DISC ONE: 1. Someday 2. Let Me Love You 3. Sock Boo Ga Loo 4. Much Too Much 5. Gotta Have Money 6. Camel Walk 7. Wake Up 8. The Things That I Used To Do 9. Let It All Hang Out 10. Just Be Yourself 11. Done Got Good To Me, Part 1 12. Chicken Heads 13. Mary Jane 14. Gotta Be Funky 15. Gotta Find You Girl 16. Bowlegged Woman, Knock-Kneed Man Part 1 17. Niki Hoeky 18. She’s A Good ’Un 19. Get Out Of Here, Part 1 20. I’m Still Waiting 21. She Put The Whammy On Me
1. I Wanna Do The Do 2. Hey Western Union Man 3. Let’s Do It Together 4. Be Still 5. Talk To Your Daughter 6. Sue (Single Version) 7. Making A Decision (Single Version) 8. Bertha Jean (Single Version) 9. What’s Good For The Goose Is Good For The Gander 10. Dr. Funk 11. Never Would Have Thought It 12. A Man Can Give It (But He Can’t Take It) 13. Nine Below Zero 14. I Ain’t Studdin’ You (Single Version) 15. You, You, You (Know What To Do) 16. Time To Hit The Road Again 17. I’m Gone 18. Handy Man 19. One Monkey Don’t Stop No Show
DISC THREE: 1. Hen Pecked 2. She’s So Fine 3. Buttermilk Bottom 4. Big Fat Woman 5. Booga Bear 6. Hoochie Man 7. Scootchin’ 8. He Got My Attention 9. Always On My Mind 10. Wet Match 11. Undercover Lover 12. Tough Titty 13. When She Loves Ya 14. Evil (Live) 15. Ride In My Automobile 16. River’s Invitation
1. Feeling Good (Pt. 1) 2. Night Fishin’ 3. Take Me To The River 4. Help Me 5. Howlin’ Wolf 6. Uncle Esau 7. What’s Goin’ On 8. I Got 3 Problems 9. Blind Snake 10. Show You A Good Time 11. Down In Louisiana 12. You Just Like A Dresser 13. Swing Low 14. Another Murder In New Orleans –Dr. John And Bobby
Rush With Blinddog Smokin’ 15. Sittin’ Here Waitin’ –Bobby Rush With
Blinddog Smokin’ 16. If That’s The Way You Like It – Bobby Rush With
Blinddog Smokin’ 17. Push And Pull – Featuring Frayser Boy 18. Dedication (Excerpt)