“R.L. Burnside! I do what I want!” Those first words on the album are all the justification I need for a septuagenarian blues singer to let others mix, scratch, beat, and rap over his Howlin’ Wolf-style swagger. A Bothered Mind is relentlessly modern and unapologetically a novelty. It’s evidence that this old man didn’t just love the music he grew up with, but music in general and all the new ideas that sprung up with time. I aspire to have that attitude as I slide into old age over the next five or six decades.