Mississippi-based blues legend Bobby Rush has performed with icons such as Howlin’ Wolf, Muddy Waters and many, many more. With over half a century of blues, soul and funk cuts under his belt from more than 20 labels, Omnivore Recordings is proud to release a new, comprehensive box set: Chicken Heads: A 50-Year History of Bobby Rush.
The four-disc set contains nearly five hours of music as well as an accompanying 32-page booklet. Rush’s story is told through this collection of 74 tracks, tracing his career from 1964’s “Someday” through the title track, collaborations with Gamble & Huff in 1979 and even a few from 2004’s FolkFunk. The full-color booklet is filled with photos, memorabilia, liner notes from journalist Bill Dahl and quotes from friends and fans (Mavis Staples, Keb’ Mo’, Elvin Bishop, Denise LaSalle, Leon Huff, Al Bell and more). With mastering and restoration by Grammy winner Michael Graves, Rush’s songs are heard like never before.
Pick up Chicken Heads on November 27. Until then, here’s a first listen of one of the set’s most soulful tracks: “Wet Match.” It’s a funk jam that tells the story of Rush’s lady letting him go. You’ll be boppin’ your head and singing along in no time.