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Designer Records Presents: TogetherBig Legal Mess is proud to announce that they've secured the rights to release the entire Designer Records back catalog. Designer Records Presents Together is the first release from this classic soul gospel catalog. Together features tracks by the Jubilee Humming Birds, Union Gospel Singers, Madam Andrews and the Heavenly Echos and the Mosby Family Singers. Produced by Designer Records label head Style Wooten.1. Will The Lord Be With Me - Jubilee Humming Birds
2. I Love the Lord - Jubilee Humming Birds
3. Beautiful Thought - Jubilee Humming Birds
4. If You Miss Me From Singing - Union Gospel Singers
5. Jesus on the Line - Union Gospel Singers
6. New Burying Ground - Union Gospel Singers
7. Somebody Help Me - Madam Andrews and the Heavenly Echos
8. Service For the Lord - Madam Andrews and the Heavenly Echos
9. Nobody Could Do It (Madam Andrews and the Heavenly Echos)
10. Come We That Love the Lord - The Mosby Family Singers
11. Eternal Life - The Mosby Family Singers
12. The Life I Enjoy - The Mosby Family Singers$16.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Sweet TimeFormed in 2005 by guitarists and singers Brian Vanderwerf and Jesse Tomlinson, from Twin City contenders the Midnight Evils, as a rollicking but conventional two guitars/bass/and drums lineup, Chooglin' made their offical debut in November of 2005, opening up for Reigning Sound and the Detroit Cobras. The full Chooglin' line-up now consists of Vanderwerf and Tomlinson on guitar and vocals, bassist Paul Diorio, drummer Shawn Walker, trombonists Harold Longley, Steve Erickson and Zach Zins, and trumpet player Bob DeBoer.
Discovered by Big Legal Mess while playing a show with Fat Possum artists Hezekiah Early and Elmo Williams during the Deep Blues Festival, Chooglin' recorded Sweet Time at Minneapolis' legendary Creation Studios, home of everything from the Trashmen's Surfin Bird and Davd Dudley's Six Days on the Road to the Replacements' Tim and several Husker Du records. With a bleating horn section and ferocious guitar playing, the band is a boogie-rock juggernaut that has the guts and the skills to deliver greasy, proto-Stax soul with as much power and conviction as their relentless, riff-driven rockers.
1. Take Your Sweet Time
2. Waltz in D
3. Nexium of Interest
4. Airport Bar
5. Tonight, Alright
6. Hal's Haberdashery
7. Nothing to Show
8. Royale Vengeance
9. Gone Gone Gone
10. Risin' Sun$16.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Blue HealerUnkempt visionary, Squirrel Nut Zippers founder, former sideman for Jim Dickinson and Buddy Guy, self-proclaimed Arkansas Son-in-Law- Jimbo Mathus has lived many lifetimes, more than most of us could stomach. Now, Mathus is back with a new album, Blue Healer, recorded in Water Valley, Mississippi with Fat Possum & Big Legal Mess producer Bruce Watson.
"It's the story of a man in a southern landscape who is swept insanely apart by internal and external winds," Mathus says of the new record. "He digs deeper and deeper into the very fabric of his reality, experiencing love and lust, despair, hope and sheer animal exhilaration on levels few ever do. He is tested in every way imaginable and achieves a sort of enlightenment - gains power and understanding of life's mysteries. Yet questions remain. He wonders if the struggle was worth it, or even real. Is he madman or sage? Con man or honest counsel? Is this autobiographical or fictional? Only the Blue Healer knows the answer to the great cosmic heebie-jeebie."
- Rock Candy (Arkansas Times)1. Shoot Out The Lights
2. Mama Please
3. Blue Healer
4. Sometimes I Get Worried
5. Ready to Run
6. Thank You
8. Bootheel Witch
9. Old Earl
10. Waiting On the Other Shoe to Fall
11. Save it for the Highway
12. Love and Affection$18.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
REDD-FAT-2744xRiver City Tanlines
Coast To CoastThe River City Tanlines (named in honor of the farmer tan) is a three-piece rock band from Memphis, TN. Principle songwriter and hardest working woman in the music business, Alicja Trout, is a veteran of countless noteworthy punk/indie bands over the years, including The Clears, The Lost Sounds and her current projects Alicja-pop, MouseRocket and Black Sunday. Likewise the powerful rhythm section of Terrence Bishop and John Bonds are no strangers to the scene either, having played together behind such names as Jack Oblivion, R.L. Burnside, Jim Dandy & Black Oak Arkansas, and Monsieur Jeffrey Evans.
In 2009 the River City Tanlines appeared in Craig Brewer's (Hustle and Flow, Black Snake Moan) web-series Five Dollar Cover for MTV, and performed I'm Your Negative in a rollerderby fight scene. They also have a song (Black Knight, a crowd favorite at live shows) featured in the EA Sports video game Skate. Together since late 2004, the band has toured extensively in North America and Europe playing clubs and festivals, and has ten releases on various record labels around the world. Their last album I'm Your Negative was released in 2006 by Dirtnap Records out of Portland, OR.
This, their newest offering, Coast To Coast, was produced by Bruce Watson (Hasil Adkins, T-Model Ford, John Paul Keith) at his Dial Back Sound Studios and will be released on Big Legal Mess Records/Fat Possum. The 10-song set runs the gamut from the galloping opener I Don't Get It to the poppy Stop My Heart to the Ramones-esque Pretty Please and the psyche rock of Dark Matter, all adding up to what is sure to become another Memphis classic!1. I Don't Get It
2. Stop My Heart
3. Pretty Please
5. When I Became You
6. Dark Matter
7. You Shot Me
8. Can't Stand You Anymore
9. Can You Handle This Heart
10. Waiting For Nothing$16.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Dead FingersTaylor Hollingsworth and Kate Taylor singing together is a match made in heaven. You might know Taylor from previous solo albums or bands but most likely from Conor Oberst and the Mystic Valley Band. He was the guitar player who also wrote and sang Snake Hill and Air Mattress on the album Outer South. If youve seen Maria Taylor play then you have most likely seen Kate in her band either playing keys, drums, or bass, and most importantly, harmonizing the soft beautiful background melodies. Nowadays, Kate and Taylor have joined forces in the band Dead Fingers.
In a time when guy-girl duos are becoming quite popular, this one is not just some gimmick, however perfect the timing and package may be. In fact, this Alabama duo are recently married and the two just recorded their first self titled full-length with Bruce Watson (RL Burnside, Junior Kimbrough , AA Bondy), and it is being released on Big Legal Mess/Fat Possum Records.
While showing a wide range of styles, ranging from duet styled songs like those of John Prine and Iris DeMent, X, or Lee Hazelwood and Ann Margaret, to straight up great classic rock bands like the Stones, Beatles, or even Traveling Wilburys, this band should find a nice home with fans of more current duos like She and Him, Jenny and Johnny and Civil Wars.1. Closet Full of Bones
2. Another Planet
3. 4 Stone Coaches
4. Hold On To
5. Ring Around Saturn
6. Please Don't Let Me Go
7. Against The River
8. On My Way
9. Lost In Mississippi
10. Never Be My Man
11. Wheels and Gasoline$16.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Sabougla VoicesIn today's frenetically paced world, uncovering a lost treasure is often met with great enthusiasm, excitement, and anticipation. Lost footage of Gene Kelly dancing. A Vincent van Gogh no one knew existed. An Arthur Crudup album lost in a vault for 40 years. Jimi Hendrix material coming to light after 40 years. Well, now we can also celebrate the "discovery" of a blues master stepping into the sunlight, and delivering the best gospel album since Elvis gave us "How Great Thou Art" in February, 1967. The paradox is that Leo Welch has been there all along, living in Sabougla, Mississippi, first playing blues, and then moving to gospel. Born in 1932, Welch grew up playing blues. As his style of blues became less popular, he began to play gospel because churches offered more opportunities to play. Consequently, he was overlooked because blues aficionados frequented juke joints. Most blues lovers would never think to find blues, or blues related music in a church.
After an off-the-cuff call by Welch to Big Legal Mess Records, things continued to fall into place, and he was able to record his debut album, Sabougla Voices. It is really difficult to accurately describe this stunning album, and faithfully convey the vibe, the atmosphere, and way it moves a listener. Welch has poured a lifetime of learning, living, loving, playing, and praying into this work, and it shows!
This album is stripped down, bare bones joyful gospel being played and sung from the heart. This is not your daddy's gospel though. Sabougla Voices is a shot of love to your heart, a cool cleansing breeze blowing through your soul, and an orgasm for your ears. The album opens with "Praise His Name," which is beautifully sparse, raw, and has a great bouncing beat. "You Can't Hurry God" is almost a gospel honky-tonk that has a juke joint vibe. "Take Care Of Me Lord" has a very early Magic Slim and The Teardrops sound to it. "Mother Loves Her Children" is really basic, slow, artfully delicate blues. "Somebody Touched Me" has a mid 1960s Rolling Stones blues flavor, and nice backing vocals. "A Long Journey" is delightfully slow, and begs to be pulled over you like a comforting blanket of blues. "His Holy Name" is gospel as a shuffle, and definitely has the church rocking! The album closes with "The Lord Will Make A Way," an acoustic performance that is slow and stark, but very moving.
If this is Welch's debut alum, we can't wait for the follow-up! This album is definitely a must-have.
- Barry Kerzner (American Blues Scene Magazine)1. Praise His Name
2. You Can't Hurry God
3. Me and My Lord
4. Take Care of Me Lord
5. Mother Loves Her Children
6. Praying Time
7. Somebody Touched Me
8. A Long Journey
9. His Holy Name
10. The Lord Will Make A Way$15.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
REDD-BIG-2447xFamous L. Renfroe
ChildrenA long time ago I used to hear spiritual singers singing beautiful songs and I wanted to be a singer too. I first started my musical career by singing in small local groups in my hometown of Memphis, TN. In the year 1968, I came to Seattle, Washington and started singing with local groups but failed to find the one that stable enough to record so I decided to cut an album by myself. The music was written and produced by myself who, except for the drum parts, done the entire record. - Famous L. Renfroe1. Introduction
6. It's So
7. Why Not I
8. And Man
9. His Love
12. Tell$16.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Ranie Burnette's Hill Country BluesRanie Burnette was born on July 4th, 1913 in Pleasant Grove, MS, located in Panola County. While he was known to have played local dances and juke joints in the hill country of North Mississippi during the 1940's and 50's, competing with the likes of Fred McDowell, no known recordings of Ranie were made until the 70's and early 80's while he was living in Senatobia.
During that time he recorded two sides for a regional 45 single and was later recorded by Leo Bruin, both in Senatobia and during a trip Ranie made to the Netherlands. Some of those recordings appear on the Swingmaster CD Going Down South, along with tracks by harmonica player Johnny Woods and R.L. Burnside, whom Ranie mentored and often played with.
Burnette's music, like the aforementioned artists, is strongly rooted in the rhythmic tradition of the fife and drum bands from the region, which you'll hear on this 11-song collection, also recorded by Leo Bruin. Ranie Burnette died in Memphis, TN, on January 23, 2000 and is buried in the cemetery at Ebeneezer Missionary Baptist Church in Como, MS.1. Coal Black Mattie
2. Lonesome Moon Blues
3. Gone Dead on You
4. Two and Two Blues
5. One String Baby
6. Miss Mabelle
7. Hungry Spell
8. Dough Roller Blues
9. Turn On Down
10. Shake Em' On Down
11. Yonder Goes My Baby$16.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
REDD-BIG-5408xDewey Corley & Walter Miller
I Ain't Gonna Drink No More - Not MuchVinyl reissue of the session recorded by music historian George Mitchell in the summer of '67 in Memphis, TN.
Corley was part of the same jug band scene that spawned Will Shade, Gus Cannon, Furry Lewis, etc.$17.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Jim Mize3rd album from Arkansas native Jim Mize, now available on vinyl for the first time. Featuring Jimbo Mathus of the Squirrel Nut Zippers.1. Rabbit Hole
2. I Won't Come Back Again
3. The Moment With You
4. Drunk Moon Falling
6. Eye To Eye
7. Eminence Kentucky
8. Need Me Some Jesus
9. Empty Rooms$17.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Worry Off My MindBorn in 1903 in Western Mississippi, Teddy Williams started on guitar when he was 31 years old. Nobody taught me, I just listened to the other people. He played local rent parties in the country, and had also played for a time in Chicago.
GEORGE MITCHELL: Do-Boy Diamond and Teddy Williams came from the same town. It was Teddy who told me about Do-Boy. Teddy was the older man, and even though Do-Boy said he learned from someone else, it sounded like he might have learned from Teddy. Or maybe they both learned from the same source. Teddy was an older man, he didn't work. He'd sit around the courthouse square in Canton, hanging out. Canton was a bigger town than most of these places, so the black section was livelier. Lots of people hanging out in the street, music coming out of cafes.
Teddy Williams: Vocal and Guitar
Recorded by George Mitchell in Canton, Mississippi, September 19671. Shaggy Hound
2. The Swing Blues
3. Catfish Blues #1
4. Down Home Blues
5. Going Away Blues
6. Catfish Blues #2
7. Black Mattie
8. Hard Time Blues
9. Sun Don't Shine
10. You See Me Laughing$17.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Free Range ChickenReissuing the long, but not forgotten Country Rockers' debut, Free Range Chicken. Despite being in their 70s and 80s, the Country Rockers were heralded as mainstays and at the epicenter of Memphis rock and punk rock in the 1990s. Author Robert Gordon touted the Country Rockers in articles for SPIN, as well as his book, It Came From Memphis.1. Rockin' Daddy
2. My Bucket's Got A Hole In It
4. Wipe Out
5. Pistol Packin' Mama
6. See You Later Alligator
7. Drivin' Nails In My Coffin
8. Fan It And Cool It
9. There Stands The Glass
10. El Rancho Grande
11. My Happiness
12. Guitar Polka
13. Barrooms To Bedrooms
14. Was Hab Ich Falsch Gemacht
15. Rock Around With Ollie Vee$18.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now