New Release

(Volume 14, Issue 12, Dec. 2003)

Willie Lomax Blues Revue: Best Blues Money Can Buy (Big Boss Records, 2003)

      I had the distinct pleasure of seeing Willie Lomax and Shawn Brown at the Tampa Bay Blues Festival this spring and it was one great show. Shawn is back doing keyboard and vocal duties on this cd and all I have to do is close my eyes and I can see them tearing up the stage. Brown’s B-3 provides outstanding background as Lomax shows some tasty licks on every track. The only guest on this cd is Eric Gales and they had the foresight to mix him on the left channel and Willie on the right. All the songs on this 10 track disc were written by either Lomax or Lomax and Brown and prove that they are more than just players. Citing the three Kings, Albert Collins, T-Bone Walker and Johnny “Guitar” Watson as influences, Lomax smoothly blends all the styles into one terrific and unique style of his own. Add to this Walfredodo Reyes Jr. on drums (Santana, Steve Winwood), Jerry Martini on sax (Sly & the Family Stone) and just to put the icing on the cake, the magic fingers of Phil Brown on the mixing board. Don’t wait to buy this disc; it’ll be a classic before you know it.

Tim Richards



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