Renegade is the solo debut from the man known as Lightin’ Malcolm, an individual many have come to appreciate in recent years for his work with Cedric Burnside. A collection of high energy, North Mississippi hill country blues, Renegade also features fundamental elements of funk, reggae, rock and soul, modernizing the North Mississippi sound. Malcolm is joined on the disc by the hypnotic grooves of drummer Cameron Kimbrough, grandson of another hill country legend, Junior Kimbrough.
As Malcolm himself says, “The songs on this album are definitely the result of years of livin’ the renegade lifestyle….doin’ things on your own terms.” He certainly does an excellent job in that regard, mixing the roots elements derived from his elders with his own ideas and sounds rarely heard in the hills of Mississippi. After years spent as side or session man, working with wide ranging artist from Hubert Sumlin to Prince, Renegade serves notice to all that Lightin’ Malcolm is a talent that should be listened to for his own merits.