Johnny Rawls and Roy Roberts
What a pleasant surprise this new release by two of my favorite soul/blues performers is. Not only do you get two for the price of one, but you get Johnny Rawls and Roy Roberts at their very best. I guess that it shouldn't have come as too much of a surprise, since the great Rawls/Luckett release from 1994 on the Rooster Blues label showed us what a great harmonizer Johnny Rawls was. It's amazing that ten years have passed since that release first came out.
Partners And Friends also gives us a
glimpse at the many talents these multi-instrumentalists possess.
Roberts plays guitar, Hammond B3, piano and strings, with Rawls playing
guitar, bass and Hammond B3.
To quote the excellent liner notes by Kim
Thore: "Partners and Friends is moving music.... it moves your
feet, your heart and your soul. Songs like 'You Are The One For Me' take
you back to a time when men and women danced that dance that meant the
night would not end with last call. The sassy track 'Country Boy,' with
it's humor and R&B flair demonstrates how Roy and Johnny compliment each
other like a well made gin & tonic."
In summation, it is obvious that all the performers had a great time with this project and it comes across in the recording. It makes you smile listening to it, just as I'm sure it made them smile as they were making it.
--- Alan Shutro
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