A Ass Pocket of Whiskey

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A Ass Pocket of Whiskey
Studio album by
Released18 June 1996
RecordedLunati Farms, Holly Springs, Mississippi, 6 February 1996
GenrePunk blues
ProducerMatthew Johnson
R.L. Burnside chronology
Too Bad Jim
A Ass Pocket of Whiskey
Mr. Wizard
Jon Spencer Blues Explosion chronology
A Ass Pocket of Whiskey
Now I Got Worry
Professional ratings
Review scores
Allmusic4/5 stars[1]
The Encyclopedia of Popular Music4/5 stars[2]
Rolling Stone2/5 stars[4]
The Rolling Stone Album Guide4/5 stars[5]

A Ass Pocket of Whiskey is the seventh studio album by the American Mississippi Hill Country Bluesman R.L. Burnside and the American punk blues band Jon Spencer Blues Explosion, released on Matador Records on 18 June 1996.

Track listing[edit]

All songs by R.L. Burnside, Jon Spencer, Judah Bauer and Russell Simins (except where otherwise noted).

  1. "Goin' Down South"
  2. "Boogie Chillen" (John Lee Hooker)
  3. "Poor Boy"
  4. "2 Brothers"
  5. "Snake Drive" (Burnside)
  6. "Shake 'Em On Down" (Bukka White (although the album credits the song to 'Burnside')
  7. "Criminal Inside Me"
  8. "Walkin' Blues" (Son House (although the album credits the song to 'Burnside')
  9. "Tojo Told Hitler"
  10. "Have You Ever Been Lonely?"


  • R.L. Burnside - vocals, guitar
  • Kenny Brown - guitar
  • Judah Bauer - guitar, harmonica, vocals, Casio SK-1
  • Russell Simins - drums
  • Jon Spencer - guitar, vocals, drums, theremin


  1. ^ Owens, Thom. "R.L. Burnside - A Ass Pocket of Whiskey". AllMusic. Retrieved 2018-11-17.
  2. ^ Larkin, Colin (2011). The Encyclopedia of Popular Music. Omnibus Press. ISBN 9780857125958.
  3. ^ Richardson, Mark (2005-09-14). "R.L. Burnside: A Ass Pocket of Whiskey Album Review". Pitchfork. Retrieved 2018-11-17.
  4. ^ Kemp, Mark. "R.L. Burnside: A Ass Pocket of Whiskey". Rolling Stone. Archived from the original on 2008-08-21. Retrieved 2018-11-16.
  5. ^ Moon, Tom (2004). "R.L. Burnside". In Brackett, Nathan; Hoard, Christian David (eds.). The New Rolling Stone Album Guide. Simon and Schuster. ISBN 9780743201698.