Lurrie Bell

Young Man's Blues: The Best of the JSP Sessions (1989-1990)

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These sides, recorded with four different bands (three of which contain family members) between 1989 and 1990 offer a portrait of Lurrie Bell, the awesomely talented guitarist, and the songs of Carey Bell at his best. Lurrie unfortunately fits the term "tortured artist," but in all of these sessions he was on fire, burning it up inside the band context and in his solos. This is the sound of modern Chicago blues without the slick trappings of the 21st century. Bell's writing and ability to lead a band here are unquestionable and his style, derived from and indebted to but not burdened by Buddy Guy, are in full flower. Take a listen to "Going Back to Louisiana," "Everybody Wants to Win," or "Crosscut Saw," and be blown away. It should also be noted that these sessions were actually cut for the JSP label and not licensed, as so much of their other material is.

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