Joe Price

Rain or Shine

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Singer/guitarist Joe Price certainly learned from the blues greats, as he had the good fortune to open for the likes of John Lee Hooker, Willie Dixon, and many other authentic bluesmen over the years. And he has certainly learned well, as evidenced throughout his 2009 release, Rain or Shine. As many longtime blues listeners will attest, blues is meant to be played gritty and grimy -- not the studio-perfected floss that many modern day, so-called "blues rockers" offer up. Case in point, the simply ass-kicking instrumental, "Joe's Guitar Stomp," which features some great, swinging slide licks by Price, as well as another standout, "Too Little Too Late." Split 50/50 between instrumentals and songs sung by Price, Rain or Shine is a much-needed return to genuine blues -- played straight from the heart. This is the real deal, folks.

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