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Highway Bound

  • 1. Travelin' On
    2. Careless Love
    3. When I'm Gone
    4. Ice Cream Man
    5. Broke Down Engine
    6. Last Fair Deal Gone Down
    7. Southbound Train
    8. No More Crying
    9. Don't Want Me Baby
    10. Key To the Highway
    11. You Better
    12. Cry For Me Baby
    13. Make Me a Pallet On the Floor
    14. Good Night Irene
    15. Good Morning Little School Girl
    16. Lazybones
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 19

  • Credits
    EngineerDennis Carter; Harry Gale; PJ Newman

    Personnel: Lloyd Jones (vocals, guitar).
    Audio Mixers: Garey Shelton; PJ Newman.
    Liner Note Author: Charlie Musselwhite.
    Recording information: Falcon Studio, Portland, OR; Mouse Recording, Seattle, WA; Route 44 Studio, Sebastopol, CA.
    Photographer: Jamie Francis.
    Except for the harmonica that wafts through "Ice Cream Man" and "Lazybones," Lloyd Jones restricts the music on Highway Bound to what he can sing in his grainy tenor and what he can fingerpick on his guitar. That guitar is an acoustic for the most part, though he breaks out an electric for "Last Fair Deal Gone Down" (with slide applied) and "Cry for Me Baby." So, this is Jones' version of the folk-blues, and he plays it well. He is not so concerned with being authentic that he slavishly copies earlier versions of these familiar songs. For instance, he snatches back "Good Night Irene" from the folk and pop stars, but in doing so retains the Weavers' adaptation of it, so that he sings "I'll see you in my dreams" rather than Leadbelly's original "I'll get you in my dreams." But there is never any question about Jones' abilities or his sincerity. The world may not really need new folk-blues versions of "Key to the Highway" or "Make Me a Pallet on the Floor," but Jones renews the quality of the songs in his masterful renditions. ~ William Ruhlmann

  • Critic Reviews
    Down Beat (p.57) - 3.5 stars out of 5 -- "Jones digs right in, singing and fingerpicking his guitars with phrases that have sufficient naturalness and personality to reinvigorate folk blues standards..."
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