Various Artists

Texas Blues Guitar Summit

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This 13-track anthology brings together new recordings from five distinctly different Texas blues players. U.P. Wilson from the Dallas/Fort Worth area is the biggest name here and his work on "That's Your Woman, but She Comes to See Me," athe instrumental "Chankety Chunk" and his work with Bobby Gilmore on "I Just Can't Help It" makes for some of the finest moments on this disc, full of wild skitterings up and down the guitar neck, with strong vocals in support. Henry Qualls is traditional to the point of being 'backwoods, ' and his "Rosie Mae" and "Party Tonight" feature plenty of his ragged vocals and a sense of timing normally associated with folk-blues performers. Bobby Gilmore shines on his solo offerings, "Strange Bed" and "I Can't Be This Way No More," while Andrew "Junior Boy" Jones' slashing guitar work on "Stinky Dink" and "Fast Woman" makes them tracks that belong in the highlights file. Another Dallas/Forth Worth native, J.B. Wynne also heats things up on "All Alone Blues," "Dynamite" and "Are You Sticking with Me Baby," a fine close to this sampling of Texas guitar heroes on the road less frequently traveled.

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