10 Songs, 35 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

John Lee Hooker called his former guitarist's playing "some of the best blues I've heard." Indeed, Rogers, who led Hooker's band for four years before going solo, is one of the finest slide players since the days of Robert Nighthawk and Elmore James. The highlight of this mostly up-tempo album from 1988 is Rogers' duet with his former boss on Robert Johnson's "Terraplane Blues," which recasts the song as one of Hooker's trademark shivery one-chord dirges. Rogers' light-toned melodic phrases play counterpoint to the late Mississippi master's deep intonations. Elsewhere on this versatile sophomore effort Rogers simply rips - whether he's plying New Orleans grooves with Crescent City piano king Allen Toussaint, tearing through rockin' boogies, or stomping through the Delta classic "Walking Blues" - on both electric and acoustic guitars.

EDITORS’ NOTES

John Lee Hooker called his former guitarist's playing "some of the best blues I've heard." Indeed, Rogers, who led Hooker's band for four years before going solo, is one of the finest slide players since the days of Robert Nighthawk and Elmore James. The highlight of this mostly up-tempo album from 1988 is Rogers' duet with his former boss on Robert Johnson's "Terraplane Blues," which recasts the song as one of Hooker's trademark shivery one-chord dirges. Rogers' light-toned melodic phrases play counterpoint to the late Mississippi master's deep intonations. Elsewhere on this versatile sophomore effort Rogers simply rips - whether he's plying New Orleans grooves with Crescent City piano king Allen Toussaint, tearing through rockin' boogies, or stomping through the Delta classic "Walking Blues" - on both electric and acoustic guitars.

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