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Blues on the Internet *

  • 1. Call My Job
    2. Hot Pants Baby
    3. Weak Spot
    4. Money Crazy
    5. Less Violence, More Love
    6. Love No One But You
    7. Rockin' After Midnight
    8. Somebody Better Do Something
    9. Just You My Love
    10. When It Comes to Your Love
    11. Blues on the Internet
    12. Messin' With the Kid
    13. Which One of Us You Want to Please
    14. Man Around the House
    15. Party All Night Long
    16. Interview
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 777

  • Credits
    ProducerRobert G. Koester; Steve Wagner
    EngineerSteve Wagner

    Personnel: Detroit Junior (vocals, piano); Detroit Junior; Will Davis , Kenny Smith , Willie Davis (guitar); Eric Schneider (alto saxophone, tenor saxophone); Sonny Cohn (trumpet, horns); Eric Schneider (horns); Bob Stroger (bass guitar); Kenny Smith (drums); Jimmy Dawkins, Lurrie Bell, Maurice John Vaughn (guitar).
    Audio Mixer: Steve Wagner .
    Liner Note Author: George Hansen.
    Recording information: 08/25/2004-08/27/2004.
    Photographer: Peter Amft.
    Veteran blues pianist (and longtime Howlin' Wolf sideman) Emery Williams Jr. -- known professionally as Detroit Junior -- has had a renaissance of sorts in the past decade, releasing three albums on Blue Suit Records, and now this one, Blues on the Internet, on Delmark Records. Williams is a throwback to the classic Chicago blues piano style, and his warm, expressive vocals fall somewhere between a hoarse Ray Charles and a latter-day Bob Dylan, while his songwriting, although hardly innovative, is solid and workmanlike, avoiding most of the obvious blues clichs. His intent isn't to move blues into the 21st century so much as preserve the way it was played in Chicago in the 1950s (where Williams played alongside the likes of Jimmy Reed, Eddie Boyd, Eddie Taylor, and Little Mack Simmons), and he succeeds wonderfully on original tracks here like his signature tune, "Call My Job," "Money Crazy," and "Somebody Better Do Something," as well as a nice cover of Lowell Fulson's "Rockin' After Midnight." The disc also includes a Quicktime video of Williams, along with a short interview. Fans of vintage Chicago blues piano will find this collection a delight, while listeners looking for gutbucket electric guitar leads will be better served turning elsewhere. ~ Steve Leggett

  • Critic Reviews
    Living Blues (pp.50-1) - "Detroit Jr. can deliver, as he proves on this outing....Detroit also excels at evoking sounds of the early '50s, which he most capably does with his marvelous slow rockin' ballad tribute to Charles Brown."
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