Ranie Burnette – Ranie Burnette’s Hill Country Blues (Vinyl LP)


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*This is a Vinyl LP*

Release Date:  2012

Label:  Big Legal Mess / Fat Possum Records


Track List

Side A

1. Coal Black Mattie
2. Lonesome Moon Blues
3. Gone Dead on You
4. Two and Two Blues
5. One String Baby

Side B

1. Miss Mabelle
2. Hungry Spell
3. Dough Roller Blues
4. Turn On Down
5. Shake Em’ On Down
6. Yonder Goes My Baby



  • Ranie Burnette – guitar, vocals
  • Abe Young – harmonica tracks A5, B6



Tracks A5 and B6 recorded on August 22, 1981 at Senatobia, Mississippi. All other tracks recorded November 1980, Groningen, The Netherlands.

Ranie Burnette was born on July 4, 1913, in Pleasant Grove, Miss., located in Panola County. Although he was known to have played local dances and juke joints in the hill country of north Mississippi during the 1940s and ’50s, competing with the likes of Fred McDowell, no known recordings of Ranie were made until the ’70s and early ’80s while he was living in Senatobia. During that time he recorded two sides for a regional 45 single and was later recorded by Leo Bruin, both in Senatobia and during a trip Ranie made to the Netherlands. Some of those recordings appear on the Swingmaster CD “Going Down South,” along with tracks by harmonica player Johnny Woods and R.L. Burnside, with whom Ranie mentored and often played.

Burnette’s music, like the other artists mentioned here, is strongly rooted in the rhythmic tradition of the fife and drum bands from the region, which you’ll hear in the 11 songs, also recorded by Leo Bruin, presented here. Ranie Burnette died in Memphis, Tenn., on January 23, 2000, and is buried in the cemetery at Ebeneezer Missionary Baptist Church in Como, Miss.

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