Ronnie BakeR BRooks Times Have CHanged Provogue
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!