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Southern Bred: Texas R&B Rockers Vol.8

Various Artists

Koko Mojo

Rather like a good novel that you do not want to end, the same feeling applies to the series ‘Southern Bred: Texas R&B Rockers’ such has been the high level of quality of music throughout this series. With Volume eight being the latest and last in the series, the songs featured showcase various artists and songs developed to a far greater level than the raw primitive blues of before. Living up to the album’s additional title ‘That’ll Get It’, any listener can therefore expect a large slice of traditional rhythm and blues. Featuring no less than twenty-eight tracks, ‘Texas R&B Rockers Vol. 8’ certainly goes out on a high with such sophisticated numbers as those delivered by the likes of Calvin Boze and His All-Stars ‘Baby’ You’re Tops With Me’, sounding not too dissimilar to Dave Bartholomew, and equally similar Roy Gaines with ‘Loud Mouth Lucy’. There is a definite influence of jazz and big band music at various stages of the album, and indicated by such examples as ‘Mean Little Girl’ and ‘On My Way’ performed by Roy Hawkins, to the Jesse Powell Orchestra and song ‘Hot Box’. Not everything possesses a polished exterior as Smokey Hogg provides a finger pickin’ delight in the shape of ‘Baby Shake Your Leg’ and sounds like an improvised piece given its raw qualities. There’s a Chuck Berry composition ‘Come Back, Maybelline’ performed by Mercy Dee and is a response to Chuck’s hit song ‘Maybellene’. There’s more rock ‘n’ roll feeling by way of excellent ‘Skippy Is A Sissy’ from Roy Gaines, to Big Walter & His Thunderbirds with ‘Six Weeks Of Misery’. If there’s one series that could run and run, then it would be ‘Southern Bred: Texas R&B Rockers’ because it has been a captivating ride of blues and rhythm and blues from its first volume until its last. Volume eight and ‘That’ll Get It’ completely captures the moment and provides a fitting end to this remarkable series.

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