Geboren in 1940 in Louisiana.
Favoriete nummers:Bobby Rush keeps that sexy, dirty, funky side of blues going all Saturday night, then on Sunday he prays in church with the best of them. When I saw him perform live in 2009 at the Chenango Blues Festival he performed alone, with just a guitar and a harmonica, just like he does on his album Raw. But this is just one side of Rush. One that I saw when I watched the documentary The Road To Memphis, which is part of the 7 PBS doc series called 'Blues', with other films made by Scorsese and Wenders. I don't know if it's a North vs. South thing or the fact that at the festival he played to a predominantly white audience, but when he frequents the clubs of Mississippi, Tennessee and other places on the chitlin circuit, the guitar playing is done by another and the music is a lot more funky, a music he calls 'folk-funk', and one or several dancers who only really dance with one body part are a big part of his show. The difference can be seen in the video's I posted below: the first is an example of his harmonica skills, the second is a version of a fun song of his in the style I saw him play and the third is the funk with the booty shaking.
Rush was born Emmit Ellis, jr. in either 1935 or 1940, depending on the source. At some point, his family moved to Arkansas and there he befriended Elmore James. In the 50's he played the clubs of Chicago, still a teenager, with a fake moustache to pass as adult. In the 1970's he had a funk/R&B hit with 'Chickenheads'. In the last decade he returned to a more rootsier blues sound, and it's this sound and his performance that I witnessed that earns him a place on this list.
Blind Snake, Boney Maroney, Howlin' Wolf, I Got 3 Problems, Uncle Esau, Chicken Head – Refried, Feeling Good.
Zowel het eerdergenoemde Raw als Folkfunk zijn prima albums and complementeren elkander - de een is akoestische blues, de andere een mix van blues en funk.