This long-time local blues and rockabilly legend has a CD and it’s a doozey! Billy Wells has released “LIVE AT CRUISER’S.” Recorded at the famous Santa Fe, Texas ice house where many a bluesman has traveled for a shot at their name on the coveted star’s entrance and the hope of their picture on the tastefully manicured performer’s wall. Wells teams up with drummer and Cruiser’s proprietor Mike Armstrong and the extremely talented bassman Sam Lampson. From the opening Muddy Waters cut to the B.B. King tunes, and on to the covers by Dizzy Gillespie, Johnny Winter, Jimi Hendrix, John Lee Hooker, Johnny Rivers, and more, Wells lays down a groove of immeasurable width. Wells pens only one cut, but places his signature style on every track of this stage-live recording. You’ll love the old-timey feel of “Boom Boom” and Wells pulls out all the stops on “Pickin’ and Choo’in’,” a medley of instrumental renditions of “Ghost Riders In The Sky” and “Orange Blossom Special.” Wells’ style is his own, but you can hear hints of the masters in his work. I find him to be as entertaining with just a guitar as Bill Kirchen (Commander Cody and the Lost Planet Airmen). Wells’ original cut, “Hot Buttered Rhumba” is a jazz-styled rhumba with a surf attitude. Kudos to Frank Cupal, who recorded the project, for capturing all these fabulous sounds in one take at one show in an open-air ice house in May in Texas. The word that comes to mind is ‘hot.’ Get the disc today for only $13.99! Caution: It might just melt your player.
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