Personalities | Junior Kimbrough | Contemporary Era | Jazz & Blues

(Guitar, vocals, 1931–98)

Along with Fat Possum labelmate R.L. Burnside, David ‘Junior’ Kimbrough, from Holly Springs, Mississippi was a leader of the 1990s juke-blues revival and had also played a part in creating the ‘Sun sound’ by influencing early rockers in the 1950s, including Charlie Feathers. Kimbrough’s approach was rooted in traditional African drum groups and he functioned much like a drum master, establishing the band’s rhythms on his guitar. His later recordings include All Night Long (1993), the first Fat Possum Records release, and he appeared in the documentary Deep Blues (1991).

Styles & Forms | Contemporary Era | Jazz & Blues
Personalities | Chris Thomas King | Contemporary Era | Jazz & Blues

Source: The Definitive Illustrated Encyclopedia of Jazz & Blues, founding editor Howard Mandel


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