Charley Cockett - Lil G.L.'s Blue Bonanza - 2018 Honky Tonk Country Blues - Sealed 180 Grm LP

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Charley Crockett – Lil G.L.'s Blue Bonanza

Label:    Son Of Davy – SOD-005
Format:    Vinyl, LP, Album
Barcode: 644216265718
Country:    US
Released:    2018
Genre:    Blues, Folk, World, & Country
Style:    Country Blues, Honky Tonk, Country


A1        Here Am I
A2        That's How I Got To Memphis
A3        It's A Man Down There
A4        Travelin' Blues
A5        Trouble Blues
A6        The Race Is On
A7        Burn Another Honky Tonk Down

B1        Good Time Charley's Got The Blues
B2        Lots Of Luck
B3        Servant Of Love
B4        Bright Lights Big City
B5        A Dime At A Time
B6        T-Bone Shuffle
B7        Saturday Satan Sunday Saint
B8        Lead Me On


"Delivered swiftly after his 2018 breakthrough Lonesome as a Shadow, Lil G.L.'s Blue Bonanza is a companion of sorts to Charley Crockett's 2017 Honky Tonk Jubilee. Like that record, this is a collection of covers knocked out quickly by Crockett and a crackerjack support band, but it differs in a significant way. Where Crockett largely focused on country tunes for Honky Tonk Jubilee -- tunes he didn't necessarily play as country songs, mind you -- he has a flexible definition of the blues, one that encompasses old George Jones songs, Tom T. Hall, and Danny O'Keefe's sepia-toned '70s classic "Good Time Charley's Got the Blues," in addition to T-Bone Walker and Jimmy Reed. This eclectic songbook indicates that Crockett sees no border separating the great American roots styles, and what's striking about Lil G.L.'s Blue Bonanza is how the performances illustrate this more than the track listing. 

Crockett and crew spend some time getting gritty, but they're closer to an old-fashioned country & western band, the kind that wants to be sure the dancefloor is filled from the start of the set to its end. Lil G.L.'s Blue Bonanza swings and cooks, finding an elusive place between Western swing and funky Southern soul. Crockett rides this elastic groove with an insouciant grin, once again sounding more like a jazz singer moonlighting in a beer joint. And that's the appeal of Lil G.L.'s Blue Bonanza: it sounds like the best Tuesday night gig you've ever stumbled upon." (AllMusic review by Thomas Erlewine)

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Condition New
Format LP, 180 Gram
Color Black