Diggin’: Robert Belfour – White Lightning

inDiggin'on August 11, 2016

Robert Belfour, lesser known than his fellow Mississippi Hill Country contemporaries like R. L. Burnside, Junior Kimbrough, and Jesse Mae Hemphill, was a powerful guitar player with an intense attack. When he plays, it sounds like the guitar and its strings might explode under the pressure of his taut fingers, pinching, pulling, bending, his thumb slamming on the bass string. Belfour passed away in February of 2015. He left behind scant recordings, two great records on Fat Possum and a few unreleased tracks living in Music Maker’s archive. Here is a wonderful track entitled “White Lightnin'”. This is Belfour and an acoustic guitar.

 

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