A walk in the Delta with sanctified swagger, It Ain’t Right is a joyous culmination and testimonial to Jimmy’s vocal talent and musical gifts. Relevant and inspiring, these songs are loaded with a great sense of collective purpose. Other musicians may cover a tune, but his clear and soulful message and individual approach make any song directly his own, and Jimmy Burns our musical treasure. Burns returned to Delmark studio for this much anticipated new recording, his best since ‘96s modern, yet timeless classic, Leaving Here Walking.
Jimmy is absolutely one of the best vocalist’s out there, and he also plays some extremely tasty, melodic and distinctive guitar and harmonica. The song repertoire is strong and diverse with two new originals from guitarist Billy Flynn and covers both popular and obscure with Jimmy making them all sound uniquely like his own.
Jimmy is accompanied by his longtime, working band of Anthony Palmer, guitar (Otis Rush); Greg McDaniel, bass (Byther Smith, Mud Morganfield): Bryant “T” Parker, drums (Mavs Staples, Taj Mahal); with additional support from Sumito “Ariyo” Ariyoshi, piano (Billy Branch); Roosevelt “Mad hatter” Purifoy, organ; Marques Carroll, trumpet; Chris Neal, tenor sax; Aaron Getsug, baritone sax. 15 songs include two new originals by Billy Flynn. It Ain’t Right was produced by Dick Shurman, one of the blues world’s greatest historians/writers.