|Hound Dog Taylor and friend|
My favorite Sonny Landreth tune is not actually a Sonny Landreth tune.......it's a Hound Dog Taylor tune......the Dog's rumbling, stumbling, raggedy instrumental called "Taylor's Rock," To be honest, listening to Taylor's original version on his self-titled 1971 Alligator release (the first ever for the label) was a life-changing experience for me......the whole album was, in fact. I've never heard anyone play the blues quite like Hound Dog Taylor and chances are good that most other blues fans might say the same thing.
Landreth recorded "Taylor's Rock" as part of a Taylor tribute album that Alligator released in 1998. There are numerous great songs on the album by a host of Alligator's then-current roster, plus others, but Landreth's reading of "Taylor's Rock" is different. Not nearly as raucous and ragged as the original (and who else could do it that way as well as Taylor), Landreth's version almost seems to soar into the clouds. It's hard to listen to it in your vehicle without risking a speeding ticket. I had to include this version in the second Blues Fix Mix CD. Enjoy!!
Just for kicks, here's Hound Dog Taylor's original version.....