Subject: I have found a CD that I think you would enjoy
Shine Me Up
Genres: Blues, Pop
Bobby Parker's 1992 debut album, Bent Out of Shape, looked to the past and summarized 35 years of legendary singles, tantalizing brushes with fame, and undeserved obscurity. His follow-up release, Shine Me Up, looks to the... more »
Bobby Parker's 1992 debut album, Bent Out of Shape, looked to the past and summarized 35 years of legendary singles, tantalizing brushes with fame, and undeserved obscurity. His follow-up release, Shine Me Up, looks to the future. Parker has titled his 10 songs after modern slang he heard on the streets of Washington, after such phrases as "Kick It Around with You," "(You Got Me Doing the) Wild Thing," "Splib's Groove" and "Shine Me Up." He has connected those lyrics to music that draws a line through Magic Sam-like blues, James Brown-like funk, and Chuck Brown-like go-go. The result is a recording that bows to neither today's transient trends nor yesterday's calcified traditions. Parker is a solid songwriter and a gifted soul singer, especially on the wonderfully catchy title track. Nonetheless he won the admiration of everyone from John Lennon to Carlos Santana as a guitarist. Parker gets a thick, lively sound from his Stratocaster and he can slip a quick flurry of grace notes between vocal lines with astonishing control. --Geoffrey Himes
Trevor D Wilkins | Lynchburg, VA | 05/28/2000
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I saw Bobby Parker recently, at the Chesapeake Bay Blues Festival in Annapolis MD. This man had a hellacious band and was tearing up his black Strat. He is deserving of more attention than he currently has. Buy this cd; you will love it if you love good funky blues and rocking r&b."
Bobby Parkers at your back door.
P.J. Le Faucheur | Canada (ex- U.K. resident) | 06/13/2006
(4 out of 5 stars)
"This CD is slightly less enthralling than his other one called "Bent Out Of Shape" but nonetheless the track "Somebody's at my backdoor" is the real meaning of The Blues. Wonderful Jimmy Johnson type vocals and searing guitarwork on this track. It's worth getting just for this one. Many of the other tracks are worthwhile as well.
Bobby Parker comes from that sort of Fenton Robinson school of Blues, in other words not as raw and primitive as say, Buddy Guy, but more towards the sweet soulfulness of Bobby Bland and Little Milton.
Basically Bobby Parker is a dynamic Blues legend who has influenced alot of white rock'n'roll artists."