Bob Lanza’s fifth album and the first one he’s done with another smoking guitar man, Tony Krizan, who also joined Lanza with the production chores. At the same time, this set is also an affectionate look back at the 50s and 60s that even features some vintage Gibson and Telecaster guitars and amps, including Krizan’s 1960 Les Paul Special which is showcased with the killer slide work on the title cut.
The Lanza sound is hard to categorize because it’s a mixture of swampy blues, rock & roll, and R & B. There’s even a touch of country blues with Patsy Cline’s chestnut, “Walking After Midnight.” “Hey Cotton” is another tribute piece, this time for the late harp master, James Cotton. The cut features Vin Mott on his own howling-growling harp. Vin is also featured on other cuts.
The guitar work throughout is top-notch and shared by Lanza and Tony Krizan. Dave Lockhart handles the bass work, with John Ginty rounding out the group on piano and B3. “Not The Man I Used To Be” is a slow, sad rocker about trying to pick up the pieces after your girl walks out on you. “Full Time Lover” is also a slow and sultry piece about trying to convert a part time lover into one who’s there ALL the time. Not always an easy chore.
“Problems” is something we’re all familiar with: the endless hassles of Life. Problems with the car, the job, the law, the bar, the racetrack, the dice and every damn thing else. “Little Momma” is about that chick who thinks she’s the coolest thing in town—but she ain’t. In fact, she’s more into ‘fool’ than ‘cool’.
Rounding out the set is the slow and swampy “Raritan River Stomp” highlighting some additional nifty slide work.
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