The tradition of Texas blues is as wide as Texas itself. Sometimes it is easy to wonder if new blood can be struck from the same old vein. Just the opposite would be true of Robin Sylar. Faithful but forceful interpretations of vintage instrumentals are only a part of the Sylar story. Robin Sylar has played with blues icons Stevie Ray Vaughan (in their group Crackerjack), Doyle Bramhall (bass, guitar & vocals - Bird Nest on the Ground), James Harmon, Big Joe Turner, George Smith, Eddie "Cleanhead" Vinson, Marcia Ball, Randy Mcallister, Robert Ealey, U.P. Wilson and even joined Canned Heat for a year. Producer Wes Race just let these guys do it their way and it shows right from the blistering first track: "Bust Out," to the finale "Flashback," an eight minute and 40 second guitar lesson! Some of the major highlights start at #3: "Dynomite Nitro", an up-tempo shuffle, complete with an appropriate amount of vocal distortion which sounds like he's singing through an old 60s "Fuzzbox." Number four. (Bertha Lu) takes on a tough edge with some hilarious lyrics. The song "Scratchy" is a cross between Link Wray and Davie Allan & The Arrows, with Fahey-esque sound effects-and all hell breaks loose. His guitar takes a step beyond on track #6: "Wild Cherry." There are fifteen tracks, and you've got to think fun. That's what this record is all about-hell raising. Screamin' Jay Hawkins would've loved these guys. Check this out and put a smile on your face!
1.BustOut 2. Louisiana Lava Man 3. Dynomite Nitro 4. Bertha Lu 5. Scratchy 6. Wild Cherry 7. Delivery Boy 8. Dux 9. Taken For A Ride 10. Double Dip 11. Queen Of The Hop 12. Steel Trap 13. Wild Angels 14. Made Up My Mind 15. Flashback
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