CD Too Wet To Plow [Digipak] (CD 6314386), Audio Other
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Too Wet To Plow [Digipak]

  • 1. Too Wet To Plow
    2. Travelling Back Home
    3. Hot Tamale
    4. Moanin' The Blues
    5. Red Sun
    6. Winding Mind
    7. You Better Turn Around
    8. Wind Is Blowin', The
    9. Trouble's All I See
    10. 30 Days In Jail
    11. Pay Day Woman
    12. Epilog
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): FP1157

  • Credits
    ProducerHeiner Stadler; Kent Cooper
    EngineerBarry Allen; Rick Ericson

    Recorded in 1975.
    Personnel: Johnny Shines (vocals, guitar); Louisiana Red (vocals, guitar); Sugar Blue (harmonica).
    Audio Remixers: Les Bateman; Holger Petersen; Rick Ericson.
    Liner Note Author: Kent Cooper.
    Recording information: Century II Studios, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada (09/18/1975-09/19/1975).
    Photographer: Holger Petersen.
    Johnny Shines was far from predictable. Though he recorded his share of inspired electric dates, he had no problem turning around and delivering a stripped-down, all-acoustic Delta blues session like Too Wet to Plow. Recorded in Edmonton, Canada in 1975 and reissued on CD by Concord Jazz's Blues Alliance label in 1996, Too Wet to Plow finds Shines in excellent form. His solid accompaniment includes harmonica player Sugar Blue and bassist Ron Rault, as well as guitarist/singer Louisiana Red (a superb bluesman who isn't nearly as well known as he should be), and Shines clearly has a strong rapport with them on "Red Sun," "Traveling Back Home," and other highly personal originals. Although Shines' own songs are dominant, one of the album's high points is an interpretation of Robert Johnson's "Hot Tamale." Highly recommended. ~ Alex Henderson

  • Critic Reviews
    Down Beat - 4.5 Stars - Excellent - "...Johnny Shines was one of Robert Johnson's running buddies, and learned many of his moves from that seminal blues great...features the quavery, pierced-to-the-soul singing that so eerily echoes Johnson's..."
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