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Morning Song – Fire In The Kitchen

June 30, 2016

I can’t find any evidence of Dr. Ralph Stanley and Bernie Worrell (Doctor of Music/Wizard of Woo) ever playing together, but if I’m piecing this together correctly, Worrell backed up Warren Haynes on his 1993 debut solo album, Tales Of Ordinary Madness. And then, years later Haynes shared a stage with Stanley at Haynes’ annual Christmas Jam in Asheville, North Carolina.

“Fire In The Kitchen” (from Tales Of Ordinary Madness) captures the cold-eyed, desperate, unflinching look at reality that music scholar Craig Werner calls the blues impulse as well as the redemptive hope of the gospel impulse.

The music marketers decree that bluegrass and funk are separate (even segregated from) one another. Music makers like Warren Haynes (and Bernie Worrell and Ralph Stanley) know they drink from the same wells.

Fire in the kitchen burning down,
Fire in the kitchen fire;
Lord send us some cool cool water or
Ain’t nobody gonna get no sleep tonight.

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