Robert Kimbrough Sr – Cotton Patch Blues

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Lamont Jack Pearley

On this episode I speak with the son Of Legendary Junior Kimbrough….Robert Kimbrough Sr who is making his own legacy~

Robert Kimbrough, Sr. continues the Cotton Patch Blues style created by his father, the legendary Junior Kimbrough. From an early age, Robert was steeped in the sounds and life of the Mississippi Hill Country and its distinctive styles of blues. Growing up, Robert listened first-hand to Mississippi blues royalty that played with his father at home in the evenings, at Junior’s juke joint club at night, as well as to the all-too-frequent weekend house party and porch jam sessions. The blues was simply part of everyday life as a Kimbrough. Robert continues his father’s tradition, along with some of his 36 siblings on his father’s side. You can often find many of them sharing the stage on any given night in Mississippi. The Kimbrough name, along with the Burnside name, is part of a blues dynasty that remains strong today, bringing their unique blues style to the world.

The Cotton Patch Blues style that Robert Kimbrough, Sr. continues was best summarized by the pioneer rockabilly performer Charlie Feathers as something between bluegrass and Delta blues. Feathers goes on to describe that the Cotton Patch Blues possess an unusual blues structure that is both inventive and free, and that the close interplay between the bass, drums and guitar rhythms creates an unusual texture. Robert defines Cotton Patch Blues as a deep soul sound that can be linked back to the sounds coming from the cotton fields – field hands singing out as they worked in the rows of cotton.

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