Roadhouse Rules

to their limits, with a slightly dirty, singing sound reminiscent of
Albert King. Brooks’ vocals waver with a sustaining vibrato that contains
all of the sweetness of B.B. King, perfectly rendering his tale-telling songs.
Brooks started out playing Zydeco and Swamp Blues with Clifton Chenier, then
went on to record with blues greats such as Sam Cooke, Koko Taylor, Hubert Sumlin
and Jimmy Reed. His synthesis of Soul, Funk, Chicago



featuring the harmonica of Sugar Blue), the music on Roadhouse Rules is generally
unrelenting in its ferocity, blues-oriented but also quite open to the influences
of Stax-type soul and rock. The impressive musicianship and sincerity of Brooks’
music is probably easier to respect than to love; this release gives listeners a
good sampling of his playing.

 

Classic showman Lonnie Brooks has been performing his mean blues guitar
since the late 1950s. With a lean, gritty guitar sound that stings you down
to the bone, Brooks (occasionally known as ‘Guitar Junior’) hits to the core
of your emotions, effortlessly melting different blues styles together. His
guitar playing, influenced by Long John Hunter and B.B. King, takes short bends



and Swamp Blues provides a modern edge to his songwriting, which
includes the classics “In the Dark” and the father-in-law fearing “Voodoo Daddy.”

Lonnie Brooks’ music comes from the R&B side of the blues. Brooks is a passionate
singer with an intense rock-like guitar style. With the exception of “Roll of the
Tumbling Dice” (a relaxed duet