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March 2000

Roy Gaines
I Got the T- Bone Walker Blues
Groove Note Records

Houston-born Roy Gaines pays a stirring tribute to one of his long-time heroes on I Got the T-Bone Walker Blues (Groove Note 1002-2; 53:14). Of course, Walker was hugely influenced B.B. King, as you can plainly hear on his early Kent sides. But Gaines, who once shared the stage with his idol at the age of 14, may be the greatest living T-Bone interpreter. He really conveys the spirit of Texas shuffles, slow blues and Lone Star State bravado on this excellent disc. A player of power and polish and a singer of great passion, Gaines does his mentor proud on these eleven tracks (including both electric and acoustic versions of T-Bone's most famous hit, "Stormy Monday"). And, like King on his Louis Jordan tribute, Gaines is similarly aided by some fine backing from some seasoned, soulful sidemen. Highly recommended.

Originally published in March 2000
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