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Album Review

An outstanding comeback effort by Chicago harp pioneer Snooky Pryor, whose timeless sound meshed well with a Windy City trio led by producer/guitarist Steve Freund for this set. Mostly Pryor's own stuff — "Why You Want to Do Me like That," "That's the Way To Do It," "Cheatin' and Lyin'" — with his fat-toned harp weathering the decades quite nicely.


Born: 15 September 1921 in Lambert, MS

Genre: Blues

Years Active: '50s, '60s

Only recently has Snooky Pryor finally begun to receive full credit for the mammoth role he played in shaping the amplified Chicago blues harp sound during the postwar era. He's long claimed he was the first harpist to run his sound through a public address system around the Windy City -- and since nobody's around to refute the claim at this point, we'll have to accept it! James Edward Pryor was playing harmonica at the age of eight in Mississippi. The two Sonny Boys were influential to Pryor's emerging...
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