may hear smokin' rockin' blues a lot but you don't hear it
played this good very often. I have seen RB Stone's
name heralded by people I respect when it comes to musical
choices but never followed it up and now wonder what I missed
because Loosen Up! grabbed
me by the 'nads much as Too
Slim & The Taildraggers did
and is not letting go. I mean, there are tons of musicians
playing this kind of rock 'n' roll/blues/hard rock mix but most
of them are evidently just going through the motions because
next to Stone, most are but pale imitations.
really don't know why people call this blues. I don't. There is
more roots rock here than anything but writers label it blues.
A few get it right because this is very early R&B in modern
clothing--- think fifties. Wynonie
Not quite the power of Stone, but just as much attitude.
why I care. I'm driving down the highway and Long
Gone Lonesome Blues comes
on and I'm turning it up and up and soon the seat belts not
being used are rattling with vibrations so much I had to pull
over. Not because of the seat belts but because there was
enough early Allmans in the sound I had to know which track it
was. I love a good jam and this was one of the better ones I've
heard recently. In fact, a few of the songs on this disc are
among the better ones I've heard lately.
the opener, High
a chooglin' rock 'n' roller with enough Chuck Berry guitar to
float a boat. Like the aforementioned Long
Gone Lonesome Blues with
its extended jam (but not extended enough, to my liking--- I
could listen to jams like this for hours). Like God
Heals You When You Cry,
a plugged-in blues ballad of the first order. Like the slightly
honky-tonk boogie take on She's
Too Hot To Handle.
who writes for Blues
said this about him: “RB
in his own kick-ass roadhouse, where the songs rock you from
side to side and the words bite back at you. This is the true
originality of a renegade spirit.” Couldn't have said it
just so you know, here is a lineup worth traveling to see: RB
Vocals, Harmonica, Cigar Box Guitar; Tom
Take a bow, gentlemen. You done good!