R.L. Burnside embodies the blues as the Fat Possum Records label envisions it: honest, direct, soulful and tough. This is a guy who's lived and who lives to tell his stories. Before he worked up some wicked electronic blues on 1998's Come on In and last year's Wish I Was in Heaven Sitting Down, Burnside spent much time sitting down with an acoustic guitar balanced on his knee. Mississippi Hill Country Blues embodies that ethic and aesthetic in that inimitable style of his. Don't go for glossed over, blues rock when you can find the real thing right here.