There are great guitarists who can play the blues, and then there are great BLUES GUITARISTS. Tom Boyle is the latter – and he is one of my favorite blues guitarists from anywhere, any time, because Tom has taken a giant gumbo of blues influences and slowly, lovingly simmered it down over the years into a sound that is unique, instantly recognizable, and strong enough to make your hair stand on end! Tom’s playing is as soulful as it gets (the ghost of Magic Sam points the way at times) and it takes a lifetime of work to learn to wring this kind of music out of a guitar. Check out the solos on “Rocket” “What Have I Done Wrong,” or “I’d Walk A Mile” and you’ll hear what I mean.
Jim King’s raunchy tenor playing, sly vocals, and the fat horn arrangements by the late, lamented Robbie Jordan deserve kudos here too, as does the piano and organ tracks from guests David Vest and Ron Weinstein. The rhythm section: Les White blows me away on that stand-up bass – doing stuff that’s hard enough on a Fender bass and making it sound easy! Jeff Hayes is rock solid on drums; the extensive work he’s done with players in the Mississippi Delta really shines here – Nothin’ but the blues! Like I said earlier – this CD has heaping helpings of everything we love about this band – great playing, soulful, serious blues, Big Fun and Big Rockin’ Boogie! Pick it up – you can’t go wrong!
Preview and purchase songs from the album Big Rockin' Boogie by Becki Sue and Her Big Rockin' Daddies.