Junior Kimbrough, “Meet Me In The City”

Blues lyrics are altogether different from, say, lyrics that are cranked out daily at Music Row co-writes, or written by committee for today’s pop artists. But not all blues lyrics are created equal either. Compare the work of a 12-bar blues giant like Willie Dixon, for instance, to the writing of the late Mississippi hill country artist Junior Kimbrough. Kimbrough, who died in 1998, hailed from the rural area northeast of the more famous Mississippi River Delta that spawned blues giants like Robert Johnson, and played a type of blues that had as much in common melodically with Chuck Berry as it did with his fellow Mississippi musicians. The lyrics and structure of Kimbrough’s song “Meet Me In The City,” about his desire for the woman he loves to meet with him and keep their relationship together, can’t be put in a typical box. The words don’t follow some type of traditional structure, nor do they seem like lyrics that required re-writing and an incubation period. For better or worse, it feels like Kimbrough kept whatever words came out at the time and then moved on to the next song. But then, that’s a dangerous assumption to make, as the…

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