Pee Wee Crayton

Rockin' the Blues

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Although he is most often compared to fellow Texan guitarist T-Bone Walker, Pee Wee Crayton had a more aggressive style as a guitarist, and particularly on his incendiary instrumentals, he pushed through to a place all his own. This 25-track set collects several of Crayton's early recordings for Modern Records, which date from the late '40s, and then tacks on a few scattered sides recorded in 1960 for Kent Records. Several of those trademark instrumentals are here, including one of Crayton's best, the churning "Poppa Stoppa." Unfortunately, his best-known Modern releases, "Blues After Hours," "Texas Hop" and "I Love You So," are missing, making this a less than perfect introduction to this unsung guitar player's impressive style.

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