King: "Have You Ever Loved A Woman: The Very Best
Freddie King rode to fame in the early '60s with a spate
of catchy instrumentals which became instant bandstand
fodder for fellow bluesmen and white rock bands alike.
Employing a more down-home (thumb and finger picks)
approach to the B.B. King single-string style of playing,
King enjoyed success on a variety of different record
labels. Furthermore, he was one of the first bluesmen
to employ a racially integrated group on-stage behind
him. Influenced by Eddie Taylor, Jimmy Rogers, and Robert
Jr. Lockwood, King went on to influence the likes of
Eric Clapton, Mick Taylor, Stevie Ray Vaughan, and Lonnie
Mack, among many others."
Gatton: "88 Elmira St."
years of knocking around the Washington, D.C.-area circuit,
local guitar legend Danny Gatton finally got to cut his
first album for a major label. It was indeed worth the
wait, spot-welding blinding speed and immaculate chops
that went in a million different directions (jazz, country,
rockabilly, blues, you name it) to a musical sensibility
that made this all-instrumental album a whole lot more
than just yer average fretboard wanking jam-fest. Gatton's
Telecaster really shines on diverse material ranging from
Martin Denny's "Quiet Village" to the roadhouse
shuffle "Funky Mama" to the off-the-wall rendition
of the theme to The Simpsons."