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Album Review

More steady-burning blues sparked by Wilson's unyielding guitar work and mean vocals. One difference — he goes the unplugged route on solo versions of Muddy Waters's "Feel like Going Home" and his own "Son of A...Blues Player." Elsewhere, it's electric juke-joint nirvana, Wilson cutting close to the bone on "Rat Takin' Your Cheese," "I Wanna Do It to You Baby," and "House in Hollywood."


Born: 11 July 1936 in Glen Allen, MS

Genre: Blues

Years Active: '80s, '90s, '00s

When Los Angeles-based guitarist Smokey Wilson really got serious about setting a full-fledged career as a bluesman in motion, it didn't take him long to astound the aficionados with an incendiary 1993 set for Bullseye Blues, Smoke n' Fire, that conjured up echoes of the Mississippi Delta of his youth. Robert Lee Wilson lived and played the blues with Roosevelt "Booba" Barnes, Big Jack Johnson, Frank Frost, and other Mississippi stalwarts before relocating to L.A. in 1970 when he was 35 years old....
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