Ray Fuller review….April 14, 2014…

RAY FULLER AND THE BLUESROCKERS

LIVE AT BUDDY GUY’S LEGENDS: CHICAGO

AZURETONE RECORDS

WILD ABOUT YOU BABY–ROCK N ROLL COWBOY–BOOM BOOM–LOVE AND ALCOHOL–BAYOU BLUE–WALKIN’ SHOES–SO MANY ROADS–TAKE OUT SOME INSURANCE, BABY–ROCKINITUS–FEELIN’ EVIL–SALLIE MAE–I WOULDN’T LAY MY GUITAR DOWN

Ray Fuller hails from New Albany, Ohio, and he has been layin’ down some of the hottest in guitar-driven blues for some forty years.  He and his aptly-named Bluesrockers band played Buddy Guy’s Legends in Chicago on April 27, 2013, and the fine folks at Azuretone Records have made that incendiary set his most recent release.  “Live At Buddy Guy’s Legends: Chicago” finds Ray and his six strings blazing over the course of twelve cuts and 70-plus minutes of hard-core blues, with six originals mixed with six raucous, crowd-pleasing covers.

Joining Ray are Keith Blair on all keys, Manny Manuel on bass, Mark Ward on drums, and special guest harpman, from Big Bill Morganfield’s outfit, Doc Malone.  They kick down the doors with the leadoff Elmore James/Hound Dog Taylor classic, “Wild About You Baby,” with Ray’s wild-man vocals leading the way.  He keeps the pedal to the metal and doesn’t slow down for nearly twenty minutes, powering thru the risque’ “Rock N Roll Cowboy” and Hooker’s “Boom Boom” before slamming into the  original slow-blues that warns us “just like oil and water, you can’t mix Love And Alcohol.”  This one features excellent backing work from Mr. Blair on the piano and Doc’s harp.  Ray expounds on the Jimmy Reed groove in a smokin’ “Take Out Some Insurance On Me Baby,” while Billy Boy Arnold’s “Rockinitus” just makes you wanna get up and dance with its rhumba-rockin’ beat.  “Sallie Mae” is another slightly-naughty original that finds Ray using the old reliable “shave-and-a-haircut” shuffle to tell the tale of a woman who can “lay on your back and earn ten times as much!!”

We had two favorites, too.  “Bayou Blue” positively drips with a swapalicious, trance-like groove as Ray weaves the tale of Marie Antoine, an old-school “voodoo woman,” who’s not afraid to turn a man into “gator bait!”  And, the set closes with one of our all-time faves, Eddie “The Chief” Clearwater’s “I Wouldn’t Lay My Guitar Down.”  This one is pure roadhouse bliss, and Ray and the fellows rock it for all it’s worth!

With Ray Fuller and The Bluesrockers “Live From Buddy Guy’s Legends: Chicago,” the jams are long enough and strong enough to let all the players stretch out and show off a little.  The bottom line is simply this—the crowd loved it and so do we!!  Until next time….Sheryl and Don Crow

 

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