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Blue Diamond [Sonny Rhodes]

  • 1. Meet Me at the 10th Street Inn
    2. Shame on You
    3. Blues Is My Religion
    4. Blue Diamond
    5. Back Where You Come From
    6. Rainy Day
    7. What You're Looking For
    8. Beside Myself
    9. Too Much Trouble
    10. Love from a Stone
    11. Blues Walk
    12. Blues Man's Prayer
    13. Life's Rainbow
    14. Sonny Rhodes Interview (After 2 Minutes) - (bonus track)
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 1257

  • Credits
    ProducerBob Greenlee

    BLUE DIAMOND contains an interview with Sonny Rhodes.
    Personnel: Sonny Rhodes (vocals, electric guitar, dobro, lap steel); Ace Moreland (acoustic & electric guitars); Bob Greenlee (acoustic guitar, bass); Warren King (guitar); Mark Hodgson, Anthony "Pack Rat" Thompson (harmonica); Rick "Hurricane" Johnson (tenor & baritone saxophones); Noble "Thin Man" Watts (tenor saxophone); Bobby Pickwood (trumpet); Doug Bare (keyboards); Ronnie "Byrd" Foster, Theo Brown, Jim Payne (drums); Jimitre Smith, Yvonne Saddler (background vocals).
    Engineers: Ace Moreland, Warren King, Rick Bailey.
    Recorded at King Snake Studio, Sanford, Florida from November 1998-January 1999. Includes liner notes by Richard Flohil.
    Personnel: Sonny Rhodes (vocals, electric guitar, lap steel guitar, dobro); Ace Moreland (guitar, acoustic guitar); Bob "Rattlesnake" Greenlee (acoustic guitar); Warren King (electric guitar); Mark Hodgson, Anthony "Packrat" Thompson (harp); Rick "Hurricane" Johnson (tenor saxophone, baritone saxophone); Noble "Thin Man" Watts (tenor saxophone); Bob Pickwood (trumpet); Doug Bare (keyboards); Jimmy Payne, Byrd Foster (drums).
    Audio Mixer: Bryan Bassett.
    Liner Note Authors: Richard Flohil; Sonny Rhodes.
    Recording information: King Snake Studio, Sanford, FL (11/1998-01/1999).
    Photographer: Paul Laraia.
    This very unique lap steel player of the blues stretches out on this Canadian roots label's release. Those who have seen him will never forget his shows, where he goes out of his way to entertain an audience. From his bright red suit to his bejeweled turban, and the legendary smile that is absolutely radiant, to the good humor he displays on stage, add his prowess on his lap steel, and he is every bit the entertainer. This same warm and embracing energy is captured on this disc and given as a bonus to the listener. The lap steel is far more common in country music, but it is an instrument that he has adapted to the blues and he finds it gives him the musical expressions and tones he was looking for. He was born in Texas and the blues that he heard growing up, as played by T-Bone Walker, Freddie King, and Chuck Willis can still be heard in his music. This combined with his strong and imaginative songwriting -- he wrote or co-wrote ten of the songs on this disc -- and his expressive voice make for a very worthy disc, plus as a bonus there is an in-depth interview at the tail end of the disc. Take special note of the expression and intensity displayed in "Blues Walk." This man, born Clarence Edward Smith, has come a far piece of ground from his roots, yet his appreciation and hard work -- he is on the road 250 days a year -- has honed his sound to sheer enjoyment. He is a true diplomat of the blues. ~ Bob Gottlieb

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