When Johnny Winter broke through to national stardom in 1969, it turned out that many small-time record executives back in Texas had been recording him in various configurations and various styles for years, including a slew of tracks actually released on singles, plus much unreleased material. One of those record executives was Roy C. Ames, who quickly cashed in on Winter's celebrity by selling or licensing tracks to labels that put them out on LPs which failed to highlight their status as juvenilia. Ames was at it again 20 years later on A Lone Star Kind of Day, which re-recycled recordings Winter participated in between 1962 and 1967, plus a couple of then-recently recorded tracks (a Cajun version of "Louie, Louie" and the country-styled "We Go Back Quite a Ways"). The credit to Winter "& Friends" is notable, since often the singer is not Winter, but rather bass player I.P. "Ike" Sweat or Jerry "Count" Jackson. The sound quality is iffy on most tracks. Winter's singing and guitar playing is audible for the most part, but this is still very minor material in his catalog, and the lack of any indication on the front or back cover of what the album really contains is deceptive.
A Lone Star Kind of Day Review
by William Ruhlmann