Roy Gaines wastes no time dazzling listeners on his latest release “NEW FRONTIER LOVER” (Severn), as the opening cut is the title cut and it’s an innovation in blues delivery. Gaines’ lyrics go back earlier than traditional blues tunes and remind us that even in the Old West you could be cool. This cut sets the tone for the album as Gaines cranks out tune after tune of picture perfect blues, from Chicago-style to East Coast rhythms. “Texas Millionaire” is a fabulous tune that will have SRV fans cheering. The instrumentation on this album is diverse, complete, and flawlessly performed. Although Gaines began his musical life on the piano, he quickly switched to guitar, and the change was the right move. There are few blues guitarists who deserve a ‘title’ but Gaines is definitely one of them. Since the King Of Blues title is taken, and so is “The Duke” perhaps Gaines could be the Prince… nah, the Earl Of Blues! No matter, Roy Gaines is in the highest class of blues pickers with B.B. King. Ah, but Gaines is better than the Mississippi born King because he, like T-Bone Walker and Lightnin’ Hopkins, is from Texas. Get the disc now for $13.99!
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