Knickerbocker All-Stars review…December 31, 2016…

KNICKERBOCKER ALL-STARS

TEXAS RHODY BLUES

JP CADILLAC RECORDS  JPS1003

TEXAS CADILLAC–YOU’VE GOT ME LICKED–RESPIRATOR BLUES–GOING TO THE COUNTRY–I HAVE NEWS FOR YOU–I STILL LOVE YOU BABY–I GOT NEWS FOR YOU–I TRUSTED YOU BABY–BLOOD STAINS ON THE WALL–AIN’T THAT DANDY–REAP WHAT YOU SOW–T BONE SPEAKS–TELL ME WHAT’S THE REASON

“Texas Rhody Blues” is the third collaboration from the Knickerbocker All-Stars, and it is a fine one, indeed.  With both Duke Robillard and Jimmie Vaughan on board here, the concept was to show just how the connection grew between the blues players of Texas and those of Rhode Island and blossomed into a world-wide “friendship” for blues lovers everywhere!  It also features members of Duke’s legendary Roomful Of Blues outfit, and guest vocalists Sugar Ray Rayford, Brian Templeton, Willie J. Laws, and Duke himself.

It’s the horns of plenty and Monster Mike Welch’s guitar over Sugar Ray’s vocal that drive that jumpin’ tale of  the “Texas Cadillac, goin’ all the way to Ft. Worth!”  Ray comes back a little later with the West Coast-flavored, stop-time , “I Still Love You Baby,” again featuring Mike on guitar.

We had three favorites, and Jimmie and Duke are on all of ’em.  First up is the walkin’ blues of “Going To The Country,” with Jimmie on an extended solo.  They swing from first note on Roy Milton and the Solid Senders’ “I Have News For You,” and dig way down deep into some slow blues with “Blood Stains On The Wall,” with fine acoustic piano from Bruce Bears.

Of historical note is a sixty-three second spoken-word from Aaron “T-Bone” Walker himself.  It recounts how he got his nickname, his grandmother’s Cherokee heritage, and how he ended up playing the blues!  It is a refreshing interlude  here, for sure.

The proceeds from “Texas Rhody Blues” will benefit the Knickerbocker Music Center in Westerly, RI, that provides instruction and training in blues, jazz, and other genres.’  This set makes it easy to see how the Texas players and the East Coast players got it all together for literally forty years of great blues!  Until next time…Sheryl and Don Crow, The Nashville Blues Society.

 

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