Culled from a radio broadcast made for a Rochester, NY radio station in 1976, Get Down to the Nitty Gritty is a nifty set of hard-edged Chicago blues. Luther Johnson pays homage to his mentor and employer, Muddy Waters, throughout the album, playing classics like "Hoochie Coochie Man" and originals in the same vein. Although the sound quality of the recording is poor -- there are dropouts and tape hiss all over the place -- the performance is stellar. Johnson sings with passion and his guitar solos are blistering. Get Down to the Nitty Gritty is a rough gem that is worthwhile to any fan of Johnson or Muddy Waters.
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AllMusic Review by Thom Owens