by Erik Ritland
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Who: Jimbo Mathus
Where: Longfellow Roots, Rock, and Deep Blues Festival (a benefit for Patrick's Cabaret)
When: Saturday, July 18 at 8:00 PM (Minnehaha Stage)
Jimbo Mathus contains all the multitudes of his Clarksdale, Mississippi home - not to mention its varied pedigree of folk, blues, country, and rock. Many know him for his work with rootsy '90s rockers the Squirrel Nut Zippers but his career and myth stretch far beyond that. Whether releasing an album of Charley Patton covers, working with Buddy Guy, or continuing his ever-evolving solo career, Mathus has been burning bright and furthering the folk tradition since well before his work with the Zippers.
Take a trip with me, will you, through the backroads and inroads of the career of this roots rock pioneer.
from the 1995 Squirrel Nut Zippers album The Inevitable
Jesus is a Dying Bed Maker
from the 1997 James Mathus and His Knockdown Society album Songs for Rosetta
Rosetta Patton, one of Charley's daughters, was Jimbo's childhood nanny. One of his first solo projects was Songs for Rosetta, an album that raised funds for her since she didn't see any royalties from Patton's catalog. This version of "Jesus is a Dying Bed Maker" is faithful to the original, and most definitely the most haunting song of 1997.
Baby Please Don't Leave Me
from the 2001 Buddy Guy album Sweet Tea
Good Ole Time
from the 2009 Jimbo Mathus album Jimmy the Kid
from the 2013 album Dark Night of the Soul
Some say Jesus is the answer
It's Jesus that can set you free
Well I won't dispute it or claim it
Although it's standing right in front of me
He took the blame for everything
Even the original sin
I took the blame so many times
For all the trouble that I had back then
Shoot out the Lights
from the 2015 album Blue Healer
Erik Ritland is a writer and musician from St. Paul, Minnesota. His blog and podcast Rambling On features commentary on music, sports, culture, and more. He was also Lead Staff Writer for Minnesota culture blog Curious North. Support Erik's music via his Patreon account, reach him via email, or find him on Facebook and Twitter.