Rose Hill

by mike munson

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"Rose Hill" was recorded in Bentonia, Mississippi at the famed Blue Front Cafe under the watchful eye of the establishment's owner, Jimmy "Duck" Holmes. The cinderblock building provides the perfect backdrop for this album of haunting and somber tunes and rhythmic and caterwauling stompers. From the driving fingerpicking of the instrumental title track to the swampy Rot Gut Devil and the reflective Good as Good May Be, Munson's original tracks establish his compelling and unmistakable voice. Munson also honors the music's roots with covers of Skip James' Illinois Blues and Fred McDowell's Keep Your Lamps Trimmed and Burning. Jimmy "Duck" Holmes makes multiple guest appearances both on harmonica and vocals on Jack Ain't Had No Water and Broke and Hungry. Additionally, esteemed Mississippi Blueswoman Libby Rae Watson is featured on musical saw on Big Black and Broke and Hungry. "Rose Hill" follows the Mississippi River from Munson's Minnesota roots down to the birthplace of country blues.


released May 29, 2019

Mike Munson: guitar, vocals
Jimmy "Duck" Holmes: harmonica, vocals
Libby Rae Watson: musical saw
Recorded, mixed and mastered by Eric Fowler
Produced by Michael Schultze
Blue Front Records, Bentonia, MS



mike munson Winona, Minnesota

Having established himself as an adept slide guitar player, Mike Munson is steeped in the country blues tradition. His original works weave together dark lyrics, impossibly fast-paced finger-picking and grinding rhythms. His sound marks the similarities and highlights the distance between Fred McDowell, Leo Kottke and Chuck Berry. ... more

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