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Roy Gaines - I Got The T-Bone Walker Blues (1998)

15-09-2016, 09:39
Blues | Rock | FLAC / APE

Title: I Got The T-Bone Walker Blue
Year Of Release: 1998
Label: Groove Note Records
Genre: Blues, Modern Electric Blues
Quality: Flac (image, log, .cue)
Total Time: 53:19
Total Size: 324 Mb


01. Stormy Monday
02. T-Bone Shuffle
03. Dream Girl
04. I Got a Break Baby
05. That Old Feeling Is Gone
06. I'm in an Awful Mood
07. The Hustle Is Gone
08. T-Bone Blues
09. Honky Tonk Blues
10. West Side Baby
11. Stormy Monday (Acoustic)

Roy Gaines is the greatest living blues guitarist that you probably don’t know anything about. Not only is Mr. Gaines a sizzling blues guitarist, he also possesses one of the most magnificent blues voices around. The real tragedy is that until very recently this supremely talented musician was almost forgotten by blues fans in the U.S.

Born in Houston in 1937, Roy started playing the guitar as a teenager and soon developed a reputation as an instrumental prodigy. By fourteen, he was actually being invited on stage to play with the legendary T-Bone Walker during the latter’s live gigs in Houston and became known as T-Bone Jr. By his early 20s, Roy was playing and recording with Roy Milton’s band in LA but returned to Houston to join the Duke / Peacock blues label as a full time session guitarist on such seminal blues recordings as Bobby Bland’s It’s My Life Baby and Junior Parker’s Driving Me Mad. He was also the featured guitarist on a whole bunch of singles recorded by Big Mama Thorton for the same label.

After going on the road with Joe Turner, Roy joined forces with the blues great, Chuck Willis. Roy stayed with Willis until the latter passed away in the late 50’s. He then moved to NYC and recorded with Jimmy Rushing, as well as doing a jazz album with Coleman Hawkins on Prestige. Roy returned to LA and during the 60s became one of the city’s leading session guitarists, playing with the Crusaders, Earl Grant, Ray Charles, Aretha Franklin, Stevie Wonder as well as continuing his pure blues work with the likes of Bobby Bland, Albert King and Lightning Hopkins for the Jewel label.

The focus of this album is on the music and spirit of the late and very great T-Bone Walker, Roy’s earliest mentor and inspiration as a guitar player. T-Bone’s body of work includes such timeless blues standards as Stormy Monday, Dreamgirl, West Side Baby, T-Bone Blues and I’m in An Awful Mood and many others. This album focuses on the classic tunes and styles from the period of the 40s and 50s.

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