Roy Gaines I Got The T-Bone Walker Blues on 180g 45RPM 2LP
Tribute to Roy's Earliest Mentor T-Bone Walker!
Mastered by Bernie Grundman from the Original Master Tapes & Pressed at RTI
Roy Gaines is one of the last surviving “first-wave Texas axe-pickers” influenced by path-makers Clarence “Gatemouth” Brown and T-Bone Walker. Roy was born in Waskom, Texas, not more than twenty-five miles south of T-Bone’s birthplace. Moving to Houston in childhood, he became known as T-Bone Junior, having guested with the senior “Bone” around local night clubs.
Roy then took on production work for the Peacock label and while touring with Joe Turner, he teamed up with Chuck Willis. Sessions with Chuck for Atlantic Records began in April of 1956 and Roy played on “It’s Too Late” in 1956 and “C.C. rider” in 1957, among others. Roy’s solo recording debut came about in Miami in 1955 where he laid down the unforgettable “Loud Mouth Lucy” for the Chart label.
Three months later, with King Curtis on tenor sax, Roy waxed the first of two Groove Records dates in New York. February of 1957 marked the cutting of “Gainesville” for Deluxe Records. Roy appeared on T.V. accompanying Billie Holiday on Jazz Party. After Chuck Willis’s death in October of 1958, Roy stayed in New York and recorded with Jimmy Rushing, Coleman Hawkins and Brook Benton.
Roy also worked with Earl Grant and then joined the Ray Charles band for the 1966 Crying Time album on A.B.C. Paramount. A trip to Europe in 1975 led to his first solo blues album with Milt Buckner for Black & Blue Records entitled Roy Gaines, Superman. In 1985 Roy was called by his old friend Quincy Jones who was producing the music for the movie The Color Purple. “Make Me No Never Mind,” composed by Roy and Quincy and James Ingram was chosen for the sound track.
Originally released on Groove Note in 1999, the heart of I Got The T-Bone Walker Blues is, as the title suggests, the music and spirit of the late and very great T-Bone Walker, Roy’s earliest mentor and inspiration as a guitar player. T-Bone’s body of work includes such timeless blues standards as "Stormy Monday," "Dreamgirl," "West Side Baby," "T-Bone Blues" and "I’m In An Awful Mood" among many others. The 12-song set focuses on the classic tunes and styles from the period of the 40s and 50s. Produced by Joe Harley and recorded at Ocean Way Studios in Sherman Oaks, CA. by engineer Mike Ross. Mastered from the original master tapes by Bernie Grundman and pressed on 180g 45RPM 2LP at RTI.
- Roy Gaines (guitar/vocals)
- Will Miller (trumpet)
- Clifford Solomon (tenor saxophone)
- Andy Kaulkin (piano)
- Bill Stuve (acoustic bass)
- Steve Magulian (drums)
- Brently Kearns (violin)
- Al Velasco (pedal steel guitar)
Roy Gaines I Got The T-Bone Walker Blues Track Listing:
1. Stormy Monday
2. T-Bone Shuffle
4. I Got A Break Baby
5. That Old Feeling Is Gone
6. I'm In An Awful Mood
1. The Hustle Is On
2. T-Bone Blues
3. Honky Tonk Blues
4. Westside Baby
5. Stormy Monday (acoustic)
6. House Of Gold