This sizzling package is a revelation on two fronts. First, it sweeps away the idea that you can't find bluesmen these days with the passion and authenticity the giants of the genre displayed a half-century or more ago.
And second, it shows that his recent studio albums didn't reveal everything there was to know about the 74-year-old former sharecropper.
The Mississippi singer-guitarist has been making records since the '60s, but he operated far under the media radar until he hooked up with producer Tom Rothrock in 1998 for the much admired, electronica-minded "Come on In" album. Burnside followed it last year with another winning work, "Wish I Was in Heaven Sitting Down." It too was filled with studio embroidery that tempered Burnside's blues purity.
In "Burnside on Burnside," we hear this musical marvel live, pure and uncut. Recorded during a West Coast tour in January, the 12-song collection features supercharged renditions of several songs, including "Miss Maybelle" and "Bad Luck and Trouble," that have been part of his repertoire for years.