Mike Morgan &
Mike Morgan & The Crawl return with a high dose of Texas blues on this 60 minute, 13 track disc that features 8 originals. As expected, the original songs on Texas Man (Severn Records) are on a par with the classics they chose to cover. However, donít expect to hear Lee McBee or any others on vocals. This time around it's Mike who is out front and center. In addition to handling all the lead guitar playing, he tackles all the lead singing for the first time ever. With guest musicians Anson Funderburgh (guitar), Jon Moeller (guitar) and Gary Primich (harp), the result is an outright Lone Star Spanker.
A slow and steady, lazy Texas shuffle called "Texas Man" kicks things off. Riley Osborne tickles the ivories like nobodyís business while Morgan plays killer guitar. He plays with plenty of feeling, resisting the temptation to join in on the 100 mph gunning craze. With excitement and pride, Mike vocally proclaims Ďainít nothing like a Texas
shuffle.í This jam must have gone on forever in the studio, but here its faded out, keeping it in the
five minute range. "The Way You Left Me Girl" defines what Texas Blues guitar tone is supposed to sound like
--- and thatís greasy. This uptempo number is sure to have you shakiní. Elmore Jamesí classic, "Wild About
You," is covered with grace. In fact, Mikeís slide playing is so magnificent you will think that James has risen from the grave.
---- Tim Holek
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