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Roy Book Binder and his Hillbilly Blues Cats band expertly convey the urgency of vintage blues by performing them with a brash rockabilly attitude. They cover classic songs in a manner that's neither reverential nor disrespectful, putting their own spin on such numbers as Blind Willie McTell's "Statesboro Blues" or Happy Traum's "Mississippi John." Book Binder's vocals are joyous, exuberant and sometimes comical, while his trio provides stomping backgrounds and harmonies. Although Book Binder and the band can't improve upon the originals, they do nothing to detract from an appreciation of them.


Born: 05 October 1941 in New York, NY

Genre: Blues

Years Active: '70s, '80s, '90s

An often stirring folk/blues guitarist and vocalist, Roy Book Binder has been playing country blues since the mid-'60s, when he began recording for Blue Goose. Greatly influenced by Rev. Gary Davis and Pink Anderson, Book Binder played in East Coast coffeehouses in the early '60s, then began accompanying Rev. Davis on tours in the mid-'60s. He also played with Larry Johnson, Arthur "Big Boy" Crudup, and Homesick James. Besides...
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