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Friday, July 21, 2017

Little Dog Records artist: Lightnin' Willie - No Black No White Just Blues - New Release Review

I just had the opportunity to review the most recent release, No Black No White Just Blues, from Lightnin' Willie and it all fun. Opening with Can't Get That Stuff No More, Lightnin' Willie rips a good one sounding like a contemporary track by Iron Head or Lead Belly. A cool boogie, lead by Willie on guitar and vocal really nicely showcases the hot piano work of Dona Oxford and a fat guitar solo by Willie.  On Chicago flavored Eye's In The Back Of My Head, Willie continue his clever wordsmithing and Pete Anderson on harp and thumping bass gives the track even more personality. Willie's guitar tone is way cool. One of my favorites is Locked In A Prison, a slower, T-Bone Walker style composition. Ron Dzubla really heats the track up with his sax work and Willie's guitar work is mighty tasty.  Michael Murphy on piano, Jerry Olson on drums and Skip Edwards' Hammond work is spot on. On Latin flavored, Heartache, Willie really takes a cool departure and laying out a cool strumming pattern giving the track even more texture. His solo riffs are precise and spontaneous with great feel.  Another of my favorite tracks is Phone Stopped Ringing with that Otis Rush/Peter Green feel. Alternating between the glistening guitar tone and the fat lower fret throaty tone, Willie uses his guitar to it's best. Very nice. Wrapping the release is rip roaring, Shake My Snake. (Stilladog...this one's for you!) With rimshots reminiscent to ZZ Top on LaGrange Willie cranks the listener and then squeezes his slide ...great boogie...great closer!

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