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There's a new generation of bluesmen coming out of Mississippi, and if the music of Dave Thompson is any indication, it's getting ready to set the world on fire. Thompson was mentored by the late Roosevelt "Booba" Barnes in Greenville, but when Barnes migrated north to Chicago in the early 90s, Thompson stayed behind. From his Delta elders Thompson learned how to stand emotionally naked to the world; from the modern bluesmen he absorbed a penchant for aggressive, multinote barrages laid over sensuous funk backings as well as contemporary rock sounds and traditional blues shuffles; from his own life he drew compelling and stark lyrics of betrayal, danger, and ultimate triumph. Sometimes the metallic ferocity of Thompson's fretwork threatens to overwhelm his somewhat thin voice, but at his best he fuses plaintive vulnerability--welcome in this era of machismo--with the determination of a survivor who's earned that title the only way possible: by having no other choice. Friday and Saturday, 9:30 PM, Rosa's, 3420 W. Armitage; 342-0452.

DAVID WHITEIS

Art accompanying story in printed newspaper (not available in this archive): photo/Ron Keith.

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