He's a Jelly Roll Baker

by Lonnie Johnson

(1992) RCA

Description I never saw this album listed anywhere, but I picked it up cheap as a cut-out at Tower and it definitely delivers a good feel of the Lonnie Johnson style.
Posted By Jim Burger (4613)
Directory Recordings: Blues
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On 11/29/1999, Jim Burger (4613) posted:
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Lonnie is generally known for being very smooth. I find his playing a little too repetitive and generally his timing is not very varied when he plays little blues-scale runs as fills between lyric verses. Nonetheless, Lonnie bends with the best of them.

The songs themselves are a bit on the crooner side of the blues, not quite as down and dirty as I generally like it. But ya gotta respect this guy as one of the fathers of the blues. Besides, how can you go wrong with lyrics like "It's a mighty tough titty, but the milk tastes so doggone good" (Jersey Belle Blues)