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Lone Star Shootout


  • 1. Roll, Roll, Roll
    2. Boogie Rambler
    3. Little More Time, A
    4. Bon Ton Roulet
    5. Feel Good Doin' Bad
    6. Alligators Around My Door
    7. Street Walking Woman
    8. This Should Go on Forever
    9. You're Playing Hooky
    10. Born in Louisiana
    11. Quit My Baby
    12. I Can't Stand It No More
    13. I Met the Blues in Person
    14. It's Mighty Crazy
    15. Two Trains Running
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  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 4866

  • Credits
    Producer
    Engineer

    /Long John Hunter/Phillip Walker.
    Personnel: Lonnie Brooks, Long John Hunter, Phillip Walker, Ervin Charles (vocals, guitar); Riley Osbourn (guitar, piano, organ); Derek O'Brien (guitar); Mark "Kaz" Kazanoff (alto, tenor & baritone saxophones); Les Izmore (tenor saxophone); Red Rails, John Mills, Dr. Ernest Youngblood, Jr (baritone saxophone); Gary Slechta, Frank Vert (trumpet); Mike Mordecai, Randy Zimmerman (trombone); Marcia Ball (piano); Larry Fulcher (bass); Frosty Smith (drums, percussion); Mike Buck (drums); John "Mambo" Tranor (rubboard).
    Producers: Bruce Iglaur, Tary Owens, Jon Foose.
    Engineers: Stuart Sullivan, Larry Greenhill, Jim Watts.
    Principally recorded at Arlyn Studios and GEM/Lonestar Studios, Austin, Texas. Includes liner notes by Michael Point and Bruce Iglaur.
    Louisiana-born and Texas-toughened, Brooks (66 at the time of this recording), Hunter (68), and Walker (62) show what blues peers can do in what seem to be peaking years. There are three numbers where all three go full-tilt; the rest of the material varies in personnel, group, and solo emphasis. The distinctive, gutsy voice of Brooks, Walker's loping guitar lines with his slightly rough, seasoned voice, and the riveting presence of Walker on all counts, musically and vocally, are showcased to consistently satisfying levels. Of the 15 cuts, there are a handful of rockers and boogies, a few pure soul tunes and ballads, a jump blues, a Cajun calypso, and some straight blues -- something for everyone. The hard-swinging "Street Walking Woman" and the slower shuffle "Feel Good Doin' Bad" are great musically, if lacking in message. Walker gets a back-to-back showcase on "I Can't Stand It No More/I Met the Blues in Person," and he tears it up. Brooks pleads and shouts on "This Should Go on Forever," while Hunter's highlights are the cautious "Alligators Around My Door" and the B.B. King cop on "Quit My Baby." Score some plus points for Kaz Kazanoff's sax and harp playing, and the horn charts are mighty fine throughout. Speaking of unsung heroes and heroines, credit pianist Marcia Ball on three cuts, Riley Osbourn playing keys on the others, and Ervin Charles, who does yeoman-like vocal and guitar work and gets two showcase cuts on his own, the best being the Muddy Waters closer "Two Trains Running." This is a historic joining of three blues legends, with so much talent you have to give huge props. Also, buy this simply for Bruce Iglauer's info-laden song notes, alone worth the price of the CD. ~ Michael G. Nastos

  • Critic Reviews
    Mojo (Publisher) (10/99, p.112) - "...more conventional South-western blues...but the principals are deftly mixed-and-matched, and anything that pushes the diffident Phillip Walker into a spotlight is to be welcomed." Dirty Linen (2-3/00, p.72) - "...[The trio] put their egos aside, and what results is a fine Gulf Coast/Texas blues set....the trio's techniques are indisputable..."
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