Jimbo Mathus describes himself as “original,” a word with layers of meaning for him and that he uses frequently in conversation. Mathus is one of those rare, self-taught experts in the humanities, well-versed in art history and poetry, local history and its impact on the arts, music, theatre, and subcultures–without ever being pretentious. He immersed himself in studying these areas to satisfy his own curiosity, not to impress anybody else. Most likely, these topics will not even arise while you go cat-fishing together with Jimbo.
Mathus is one of those guys who absorbs everything artistic that is around him, lets it ferment for decades, then pours it forth in projects of his own and those he envisions with others. Most known for his work with the Squirrel Nut Zippers, Elvis Costello, and Buddy Guy–while notable–those are just blips along his path of fascination with art and music. Jimbo Mathus and the Tri-State Coalition are prolific, and he has released several projects in the last five years, including playing as part of the South Memphis String Band, the TSC, and a solo EP available only on translucent blue vinyl, Blue Light.
For the last decade, much of Jimbo Mathus’s creative energy has gone into producing for other musicians, allowing him to “join” hundreds of bands and help them realize their visions. Earlier this year, he closed his studio and focused on collaborations across the Mississippi hill country. With a brand new EP, and a full-length album set for fall release, Mathus has plenty on tap for the next several months. Whatever engages him next will be magnetic.
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Songs in this radio show include:
- Jimbo Mathus Blue Light “Shackles and Chains,” “Blue Light,” “Ain’t Feelin’ It”
- Robin Woywitka The Impossible Address “Rock Dust”
- Fred McDowell When I Lay My Burden Down “John Henry”
- Flat Duo Jets Red Tango “Southern Drums”
- Buddy Guy Sweet Tea “Who’s Been Fooling You”
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NOTE: There is one instance of the word “cr@p” that has already been bleeped.