Raw---The Good Way
Like most of the other accomplished performers from the area--R.L. Burnside, Fred McDowell, Joe Callicott, Jesse Mae Hemphill, Junior Kimbrough, and Charlie Feathers - Robert was submerged in the area's rich musical heritage. Robert's first memory is that of his father playing a resonator guitar in a style similar to Charlie Patton's. Robert ate at picnics held by Othar Turner, and at church sang gospel songs led by Syd Hemphill. When free from chores, Robert could be found in the company of neighbor and future label-mate Junior Kimbrough. Robert was thirteen when his father died, bringing an end to his childhood. From then on all of Robert's energy went to helping his mother provide for him and his younger brother. Robert spent what little free time he had learning to fret his father's guitar.
1. My Baby's Gone 2. Black Mattie 3. What's Wrong With You 4. Done Got Old 5. Treat Me Right 6. Walking' the Floor 7. Norene 8. Holding My Pillow 9. Bad Luck