Jimbo Mathus Knockdown South is the debut release for Knockdown South records and is his first release since returning to his native Mississippi one year ago. 2004 found Mathus, as usual, in a myriad of musical roles.
Following the success of Buddy Guys 2000 Sweet Tea on which Mathus played second guitar, he was again cast as Buddys right hand man on the Grammy award winning Blues Singer and subsequent national tour. Concertlivewire.com described the tour as Buddy Guy with a minimalist backing of upright bass, drums and searing slide guitar (courtesy of the talented Jimbo Mathus) and featuring a dangerous six string showdown between Mathus and Guy. He was then hired as Buddys guitarist for a tour with the famed Double Trouble as rhythm section.
Simultaneously, Mathus opened the Delta Recording Service in Clarksdale Mississippi and recorded dozens of artists. Most notable of these was Elvis Costellos new single Monkey to Man. He also did various side man jobs in the delta jukes and in studios with the likes of North Mississippi All Stars, Jessie May Hemphill and Jim Dickinson.
Among all this he played over 100 dates with his own group Knockdown South. Knockdown South is a continuation of his old band the Knockdown Society which started in 1997 with the release of Plays Songs for Rosetta (Mammoth), continued with the 2000 release National Antiseptic (Mammoth) and most recently Stop and Let the Devil Ride (Fast Horse/Rycodisc) in 2002.
The main inspiration for all these recordings was in Jimbos words Mississippi music...music of my heart and soul. Using a musical alchemy he has interpreted and reinvented Mississippi music over the last ten years.
On Knockdown South he goes into this alchemy even further, combining gut-bucket North Miss blues with electric boogie, hip hop beats, soul horn sections and even straight up honkey tonk. All this seems normal to Mathus. My personal music vision is an all inclusive one. Music for me starts with Charley Patton and Jimmie Rogers and grows upward from there until the present. Its all one thing and you have to consider every part of it. This is my most personal record yet, the most realistic. Either you like it or you dont but its just me.
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"Jimmy the Kid" 2006-07 Tour
||National Conference On Media Reform at Cook Convention Center
||Ft Lauderdale, FL
||Legendary Rhythm & Blues Cruise (special guest)
||Double Door Inn
||Jack Of The Wood
||New York, NY
||Court Street Grill
||St Louis, MO
||BB's Jazz, Blues & Soups
||Bev's Jook Joint
||Sioux Falls, SD
||Sioux City, IA
||Juke Joint Fest
||Baytowne Wharf Resort
||Shannon Street Blues Festial
||Ottawa, ON, Canada
||Cisco Systems Ottawa Blues Festival
||Big Bend Blues Bash
|3 or 4
||Cincinnati Blues Festival
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* ALL DATES SUBJECT TO CHANGE *
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