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Album Review

Veteran singer/guitarist Billy C. Farlow turns out another album of roadhouse blues-rock with You Better Run. Although best known for his tenure in the neo-Western swing band Commander Cody & His Lost Planet Airmen, Farlow sticks to the blues, mostly the electric blues, here. The only exception, ironically given its title, is in "Don't You Wanna' Rock?," in which he demonstrates that he can be just as forceful sticking to an acoustic guitar, plus harmonica. On "Juke House Woman," the instrumentation is just an electric guitar and harmonica, calling to mind John Lee Hooker, with whom Farlow has played. Elsewhere, he employs a rhythm section, playing in familiar blues-rock arrangements from the stomp of "Good Rockin' Mama" to the slow blues of "Don't It Get Lonely." Farlow has a husky tenor with plenty of grit, and he uses it to address subjects that rarely stray from the barroom and may be summed up in a title like "Good Whiskey, Bad Women." However bad the women may be, the whiskey (along with, as another title has it, beer, gin, and wine) is good and keeps the singer sufficiently lubricated to rock until closing time and beyond.


Born: 09 June 1948 in Greensburg, IN

Genre: Blues

Years Active: '80s, '90s

Born in Greensburg, IN, on June 9, 1949, singer and songwriter Billy C. Farlow grew up in Alabama, Indiana, and Texas, relocating to Detroit with his family in the early '60s. By this time he was already a proficient guitarist and harmonica player and began sitting in with the likes of John Lee Hooker, Sippie Wallace, and Big Joe Williams at various Detroit-area coffeehouses and blues clubs. He formed Billy C & the Sunshine in 1966 with pianist Boot Hamilton and guitarist Larry Welker and began...
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You Better Run, Billy C Farlow
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  • £5.99
  • Genres: Blues, Music, Rock
  • Released: 25 March 2011

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