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Classic Album Review: Various Artists | Not the Same Old Blues Crap II

Dig more buried treasures from Fat Possum's cagey, cranky old juke-joint vets.


This came out in 2001 – or at least that’s when I got it. Here’s what I said about it back then (with some minor editing):


Aside from being the coolest title for a compilation I’ve heard since, well, Volume 1, it also happens to be one of the truest.

Not the Same Old Blues Crap II bypasses the white-boy guitar-wank and Bonnie Raitt guest spots for 13 authentic, choice bits of buried treasure from the cagey, cranky old juke-joint vets who comprise the artist roster of Mississippi’s impudent, sleazy Fat Possum label. We’re talking rough customers like R.L. Burnside (his classic Goin’ Down Slow and a sizzling, unreleased live version of Walkin’ Blues); Junior Kimbrough (the home-recorded Meet Me In the City and I Feel Good Again, a duet with rockabilly great Charlie Feathers); and the late, great Asie Payton (album track Worried and an unreleased jam called Goin’ Back to the Bridge). Toss in album tracks by the likes of Paul (Wine) Jones, T-Model Ford and others and it’s all the crap you’ll need. At least until Volume 3.