Johnny Copeland: "An Introduction to Johnny Copeland"

" ... this best-of features the Texas blues singer and guitarist Johnny Copeland's ragged, appealing tenor on scorching R&B tracks like "Down on Bending Knees," Hear What I Said," and "Please Let Me Know." His stinging guitar leads are also in evidence, particularly on cuts like "Mama Told Me" and the instrumental "Late Hours." Though there's less emphasis on Copeland's instrumental work here than on pop and R&B-influenced song craft ("Heebie Jeebies" and "Your Game Is Working" resemble rock & roll radio hits), the comparative difference between these sides and Copeland's later work makes this set a fine early snapshot of one of Texas's best latter-day bluesmen."

The Mannish Boys: "Shake For Me"
"The Mannish Boys fifth album, "Shake For Me," carries forth the tradition established by their very first effort, "That Represent Man,' by presenting an inspired program of deep, lowdown blues supported by a surprising and ever-revolving unit of world class musicians. Reprising their all-star roles in the band are Finis Tasby, Bobby Jones, Kirk Fletcher, Frank Goldwasser, and Randy Chortkoff, joined here by an entirely new and outstanding rhythm section comprised of Willie J. Campbell on bass (The James Harman Band, The Fabulous Thunderbirds) and Jimi Bott on drums (Rod Piazza & The Mighty Flyers, The Fabulous Thunderbirds, Woodbrain)."