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Album Review

After marking time with a live release, Terry Evans returns after four years with a studio collection that, while it doesn't explore new territory, revels in the gospel-laced rocking R&B that has always been his forte. Old friend Ry Cooder sits this one out again (he does contribute a terrific if slightly off-kilter love song in "My Baby Joined the Army"), but his influence is never far from the proceedings when Mark Shark, Joe Colombo, or especially ex-Cooder cohort David Lindley picks up a slide guitar. Evans plays some rhythm guitar and penned or co-wrote six of these 11 songs, including the stirring "Walkin' Chains," the album's longest and most intense piece. Here the swamp, religious, blues, R&B, and folk strains that appear throughout the disc collide in an explosive, moving ballad that builds to a shattering climax with Colombo's Cooder-ish guitar wailing away. There's plenty of party music, too, with the self-explanatory double entendre "I Got a Pony (She Likes to Ride)," the funky "Let's Get Gone," and the jaunty "Nothing Wrong with Texas (That Leaving Won't Fix)." Evans balances these upbeat tunes with slower, more pensive and brooding material, making for a varied and eclectic outing. The singer is in typically fine voice, shifting from an angelic falsetto to a lowdown growl in seconds. When he spars with legendary trombonist George Bohannon, who sizzles on the jazz-funk groove of "Discover Me," the sparks really fly. This is as good as anything Terry Evans has done, and those unfamiliar with his brand of rootsy R&B can start here. Established fans will feel right at home with this typically tough and tender release from an unfortunately underappreciated artist who is keeping roots R&B and soul music alive, one album at a time.

Customer Reviews

Fire in The Feeling

When I die and go to Heaven, I wan't St. Pete to hand me a shiny new Gibson 330 and say: "Get yer butt in gear, Terrry Evans is on in ten minutes and needs one more guitar player in the band." Seriously, I played "Nothing Wrong with Texas (That Leaving Won't Fix)" about 20 times in a row as soon as I got it downloaded and almost had to pull off the road when I heard it on the sound system in my Lexus -- I just love those good ol' rockin' Texas Blues.

Good album

I had the opportunity to see Terry perform many tracks from this album live in Tryon, NC a few years back, also on stage was Sunny Byers on bass and Joe Colombo on slide (joe is possibly the best slide blues player I have ever seen).
Terry's voice has that sweet and deep timber of a well bluesman, and his guitar picking ain't shabby either.

I was thrilled by Terry's performance and bought his record and Sunny's too after the set. Had to get Joe's from my brother in Munich, could not find it anywhere.

Biography

Born: August 4, 1937 in Vicksburg, MS

Genre: Blues

Years Active: '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

Terry Evans eventually became a soulful, gospel-flavored vocalist fronting a band, but his career took many steps to reach that pinnacle. Like many blues artists, his first exposure to music was in church, where he sang in the junior choir. As is often the case, his parents allowed him to sing only gospel, but on the sneak, he listened to blues artists such as Elmore James, Little Walter, Albert King, and B.B. King. His first break was as a member of a Southern vocal group, the Knights. From there,...
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