Guitar Slim, Jr.

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Fans of the pre-eminent New Orleans electric guitarist of the '40s and '50s should make note of the "Junior" appendage to that name. This is not Eddie Jones, the original Guitar Slim, but his son, Rodney Armstrong, born in New Orleans in 1951. Although Armstrong didn't grow up with his father, who died in 1959, he seems to absorbed a good amount of his style, along with the rougher-edged playing of Chicago-style guitar masters like Albert and Freddie King. This 1996 release is a live-in-the-studio session featuring the Memphis Horns. Armstrong's playing is fiery throughout, but with a sweetness of tone in songs like "Oo Wee Baby I Love You" and a take on the Otis Redding arrangement of the standard "Try A Little Tenderness" that's reminiscent of his father.

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