CD Worried (CD 348217), Audio Other
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Worried


  • 1. I Love You
    2. Worried Life
    3. Nobody But You
    4. Please Tell Me You Love Me
    5. Asie's Jam
    6. Can't Be Satisfied
    7. All I Need Is You
    8. Come Home With Me
    9. Skinny Legs & All
    10. I Love You - (solo)
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  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 80326

  • Credits
    Producer
    Engineer

    Asie Payton died in 1997 at the age of 60. He was a hard-working farmer who lived below the poverty level. Most Saturday nights he could be found playing the blues at one of the two small grocery stores that were among the only businesses to be found in his north Mississippi hometown. After much coaxing, he agreed to be recorded during two different sessions.
    Originally recorded as demos, these were the only sessions Asie Payton ever recorded. He suffered a fatal heart attack while driving his tractor on the same fields he'd been working for almost his entire life. WORRIED became his debut and posthumous release two years later. The passion and commitment in this music is undeniable. While possessing the same rough edges as labelmates R.L. Burnside, Junior Kimbrough, and T-Model Ford, Payton's is a decidedly friendlier outlook. In "Worried Life" he professes to be "worried as a man can be" but doesn't succumb to anger; instead, he just wonders what the future holds in store.

  • Critic Reviews
    Spin (9/99, pp.198-9) - 8 out of 10 - "...one of [the record label's] finest releases....features performances as priceless as the one on the back-cover photo, where Payton picks at his guitar, oblivious to the pairs of freshly washed boxer shorts hung out to dry behind him..."
    Magnet (8-9/99, p.84) - "...stands out as the most soulful of the lot - the only true R&B record in the catalog....If there's room for only a handful of blues albums in your record collection, make sure this obscure gem is one of them."
    Living Blues (7-8/99, p.58) - "...shows off Payton's voice at its most supple and emotionally expressive....it's good that we have this document of a blues journeyman who lived and died within the context of Mississippi's indigenous blues traditions."
    New Music Monthly (7/99, p.54) - "...In his voice and fretwork you can hear not just one lifetime of pain, but generations of it....this might as well be [Fat Possum] label's best release yet."
    Guitar Magazine (7/99, p.100) - "...For those drawn to the raw rhythms and earthy grace of other Fat Possum artists...this album is a must-hear..."
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