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David Kimbrough

Chulahoma, MS 1996

David Kimbrough Jr. was one of 36 children born to hill country blues legend Junior Kimbrough. But David Jr., more than any of his siblings, seems to have absorbed the particular genius his father brought to guitar (an approach that gave the elder Kimbrough the distinction of being declared the most important and original blues innovator of his generation). While embracing and embodying the Kimbrough musical legacy, David sought early on to combine the family sound with influences of his own generation, including Prince and other contemporary R&B, into a hybrid sound that David called "popnotic." But the road was not an easy one for the younger Kimbrough. Following a stint at Mississippi's infamous Parchman penitentiary on drug charges, David released his first album for Fat Possum, "I Got the Dog in Me" under the name David Malone in 1994. Following the death of Junior Kimbrough in 1998, David recorded a second album, "Up Out of the Ashes," as a tribute to the music of his late father, at the same family juke joint where Junior's seminal Fat Possum debut, "All Night Long," had been recorded. Shortly thereafter, the juke joint was destroyed by fire and David found himself back in prison on parole violations from a previous drug possession charge. Upon being released from incarceration a second time, Kimbrough recorded his third album, "Shell Shocked," the day after leaving prison in 2006, signaling a renewed commitment to his music career. The following 13 years had lots of ups and downs for David, marked by occasional live performances at festivals and at The Hut in Holly Springs, with health issues increasingly taking their toll. David Kimbrough died in hospice on July 4th, 2019, age 54.

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David Kimbrough "I Got The Dog In Me"

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