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Blue Healer Limited Vinyl LP

Jimbo Mathus

Label: Fat Possum Records
Release Date: 20 April 2015
Format: LP Vinyl

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Jimbo Mathus Blue Healer Limited Vinyl LP

Overview:
· No one back home in Mississippi was really that surprised when, one night, they saw Jimbo Mathus appear in a monkey mask on national television. Friends and family weren’t shocked to see him leaping like a madman possessed , throwing $100 bills at David Letterman on Late Night. This was in 1998, the dregs of the 20th century. Jimbo was performing with his bizarre brainchild, Squirrel Nut Zippers who, quite
accidentally, became America’s darlings and were riding high on a runaway hit single ‘Hell’. They had noticed something odd about Jimbo early on. “He could do things other children couldn’t do” says a close family friend, “he seemed always focused on some distant horizon, obsessed over a private thought no one else could imagine.” He was haunted by ghosts from the nearby civil war battlefield. “I was fascinated by ancient things and the arcane.” Mathus, 47, states. “I saw visions. I could see and feel the Earth plummeting through the solar system and it, in turn grinding along, clock-like. I saw and heard time being sucked into the gaping maw of infinity. I always felt both frightened and comforted by these experiences ...then came music.”
· The demise of the Squirrel Nut Zippers in the 2000s was only the beginning for Mathus. He’d already begun a solo career with the 1997 release of his, ‘Jas. Mathus Plays Songs For Rosetta’, an effort to raise money for his ailing Aunt Rosetta, daughter of Charley Patton. He’d already had a huge role as guitarist and ‘spark plug’ for the mind-bending record that is Buddy Guy’s ‘Sweet Tea’ and had recorded its follow up, the Grammy winning ‘Blues Singer’. He had begun a tutelage under Memphis producer / shaman Jim Dickinson. “I was ready and encouraged by great men to take on the full Southern musical landscape and forge it into my own cannon of songs… to dig deep inside myself and to look and listen hard at what I found there.”
· His first recordings done under this new reckoning were 2007’s ‘Jimmy The Kid’ (Big Legal Mess Records), 2010’s ‘Confederate Buddha’ (Memphis International Records) and ‘Blue Light’ (Big Legal Mess Records). 2011 brought ‘White Buffalo’ and began his affiliation with Oxford Mississippi’s own Fat Possum Records. 2012 brought ‘Dark Night Of The Soul’ (Fat Possum) and a more national touring schedule, playing multiple East and West coast tours.
· ‘Blue Healer’ is the name of Mathus’ 2015 record, out on Fat Possum Records. It’s his eleventh effort under his own name and is once again produced by Bruce Watson at his Dial Back Sound in Water Valley Mississippi. “It’s the story of a man in a Southern
landscape who is swept insanely apart by internal and external winds. He digs deeper and deeper into the very fabric of his reality, experiencing love and lust, despair, hope and sheer animal exhilaration on levels few ever do. He is tested in every way imaginable and achieves a sort of enlightenment, gains power and understanding of life’s mysteries. Yet questions remain. He wonders if the struggle was worth it or
even real. Maybe he just needs some love and affection? Maybe he needs to get back on the needle? Is he madman or sage? Con-man or honest council? Is this autobiographical or fictional? Only the ‘Blue Healer’ knows the answer to the great cosmic heebie-jeebie.”

Featured Tracks:
Shoot Out The Lights
Mama Please
Blue Healer
Sometimes I Get Worried
Ready To Run
Thank You
Coyote
Bootheel Witch
Old Earl
Waiting On The Other Shoe To Fall
Save It For The Highway
Love And Affection
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