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Whiskey Is My Habit, Women Is All I Crave - The Best of Leroy Carr by Leroy Carr

When "urban blues" is mentioned as a style, most folks envisage the electric blues of Muddy Waters, B.B. King and Buddy Guy, but singer/pianist Leroy Carr was perhaps the first true urban blues performer, and one of the most popular of the early 1930s. Though largely forgotten today, his elegant, rolling piano and hearty, wailing, sometimes suavely cordial singing were big influences on Charles Brown, Professor Longhair, Memphis Slim and especially Ray Charles -- "Hurry Down Sunshine" and "I Ain't Got No Money" herald Brother Ray's vocal style. This handsome two-CD set features virtually his entire recorded output, high points being the loveably zany "Papa's On The House Top," which is, believe it or leave it, 1930s rock & roll, and oy, those tuff titles: "Six Cold Feet In The Ground," "Shinin' Pistol," Hustler's Blues." While this sounds a little -- no, VERY -- sparse 'n' spare compared to post-War (& contemporary) blues styles, it is mos def worth takin' the time to get accustomed to it, especially for those seeking to wade in the waters of Early Blues History. (Lots more went down then than Robert Johnson and Charlie Patton, y'know.)

Additional Info

  • Artist / Group Name: Leroy Carr
  • CD Title: Whiskey Is My Habit, Women Is All I Crave - The Best of Leroy Carr
  • Genre: Blues
  • Year Released: 2004
  • Record Label: Columbia / Legacy
  • Musicians: L.C.: piano, vocals; Scrapper Blackwell: guitar; others.
  • Rating: Five Stars
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