These recordings showcase the raw, barebones electric guitar stylings of Burnside, and on both recordings he's accompanied by a small band, which includes his son Dwayne on bass and son-in-law Calvin Jackson on drums, as well as guitarist Kenny Brown. His 2004 release, A Bothered Mind, now reissued on LP, showcases Burnside's version of the blues — powerful, visceral, and — this is often overlooked — playful, with his almost demonic chuckle being as recognizable a feature of his music as any guitar lick.
"A Bothered Mind is perhaps the most ideally representative of all of Burnside's albums, ranging from solo acoustic tracks to crunching boogie struts, all with a light dose of hip-hop and enough scratching and looping effects to make this clearly an album from the 21st century. Amazingly, it all works as a cohesive whole, opening with a 38-second live fragment of 'Detroit Boogie' (in which Burnside intones 'I do what I want…'), and then closing with the full version. In between these bookends, the album — aside from the rather contrived Kid Rock track, "My Name Is Robert Too" — is continually fascinating, and it never stops churning." — All Music Guide