Ron­nie BakeR BRooks Times Have CHanged Provogue

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Growing up the son of Chicago blues­men Lon­nie Brooks, in­tro­duced a young Ron­nie to many of the genre’s greats. Thus his new al­bum brims with top blues and soul names. In­deed, much of the band here was Al Green’s, while opener, Joe Tex’s Show Me, boasts Stax gui­tar leg­end Steve Crop­per as guest. Next track, Do­ing Too Much con­tin­ues the feel-good theme with fan­tas­tic in­ter­play be­tween Ron­nie and ‘Big Head’ Todd Mohr. Fred­die King’s in­stru­men­tal, Twine Time, fol­lows with fa­ther Lon­nie join­ing in – and a good time was had by all. Riffy mi­nor blues, Times Have Changed is one of five orig­i­nals and could have come di­rect from Al­bert King and Stax – as in­deed could much of the play­ing here. All the tones are clean or just break­ing, and sound all the more pow­er­ful for it. No fillers on the al­bum, just an au­then­tic set of great bluesy tunes sung and played su­perbly – with sev­eral em­i­nently ‘bor­row­able’ for your pub set!

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