|Floyd Jones (photo by Pete Lowry)|
Most of Jones' original compositions were dark and foreboding. They often were about events that were occurring at the time, such as "Stockyard Blues" or "Hard Times." Some of his songs have become blues standards, such as "Dark Road," one of the darkest of the blues songs and one you've rarely heard other artists cover. Jones' laconic delivery of the tune was hard to top. He also was the original composer of "On The Road Again," which later inspired the hit by Canned Heat. Jones remained active on the Chicago blues scene, although he eventually moved from guitar to bass, until his death in 1989. Though he didn't get to record very much after his intial run in the late 40's/early 50's, he was part of Earwig Records' standout release, Old Friends, in 1979....appearing with Sunnyland Slim, Honeyboy Edwards, Kansas City Red, and Big Walter Horton.
|Robert Randolph (photo by Derek Brad)|
Randolph has recorded several albums over the past decade....a couple of live discs and four studio discs. Until their most recent release, Randolph and the band had difficulty capturing the joy and manic energy of their live shows, but with Lickety Split, that's no longer an issue. It's a wall-to-wall thrill and features the band with guitar legend Carlos Santana on two tracks and the New Orleans rising star, Trombone Shorty, appears on another.
|Son Seals (photo by Kirk West)|
Seals' guitar sounds like it's strung with barbed wire and his throat-shredding vocals are just as engaging. Best of all is his songwriting, which is the blues at it's best. Face it.....anybody who could come up with a song called "Your Love Is Like a Cancer" certainly deserves to be heard. Just check out this track and be amazed at the raw power behind Son Seals.