"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."
Mannish Boys: "Shake For Me"
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,