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But there are more that really don’t work. They’re impeccably played, but ultimately forgettable, generic rock songs. One even ventures into what can only be termed light rock. There is one outstanding song, however. The spiritual-inflected “Once Had Wings” is reminiscent of the very roots of blues, but with a fresh, modern overlay that makes it work on every level. This is the MonkeyJunk that set the blues world on fire. This is what we need from them. They are very good rockers, but they are exceptional bluesmen.

B. used back in the day) shines brightly on every performance, whether it be a jaunty cover of the Nat King Cole hit “Pretend” or Grand’s topical “Bad News Blues On TV,” which features modern lyrical woes laid out beneath the guitarist’s delicious guitar tones and mournful horns. Grand pulls the blues roots from a pair of songs written by country star Charlie Rich, whose “Who Will The Next Fool Be” is delivered closer in spirit to the Bobby “Blue” Bland hit than to Music Row, or the underrated “Midnight Blues,” which is infused with a rockabilly heartbeat and a pure blues soul.

S timbales. Likewise, the instrumental “Father Son Blues” is a great soul vehicle for Jones’ burbling B-3 supporting Ted Jones’ stinging guitar leads. But if you’re looking for an oldies record, this ain’t it. Even though he wrote or co-wrote all the cuts, many are just vehicles for the various guest stars with Jones buried waaay back in the mix. Estelle’s “Can’t Wait” is all about her, Jones just the organ player on the session. Blues Music Magazine 39 Anthony Hamilton’s “Gently” is neo-soul mush, again with Booker as a buried session man.

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