The blues was just made for remixing — the inchoate howls, the minimal rhythms, the mantra-like phrasings, the raw goods just waiting for someone to take them and shape them in the studio. Iterations are among the sincerest forms of flattery in the age of digital home studios. Case in point: Grassy Knoll (aka Bob Green) has posted his second mix of a track by blues legend Junior Kimbrough, titled “Lonesome Road,” and his mix is subtle, less a rethink than an upgrade (MP3). The beat is hard, the lyrics more abstract, less about words than about syllables. The heart of the Knoll version begins midway through, with what seems like a bridge, a brief instrumental haze that leads not back into the song, but into broken beats that dissect the original right in front of your ears.
The track was originally posted at the Grassy Knoll website, feedtheenemy.com.
Grassy Knoll’s previous Junior Kimbrough remix, “Done Got Old,” was the subject of an early June 2009 post here: disquiet.com.