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Get Wise to Yourself
Guitar Shorty
Get Wise to Yourself
Genres: Blues, Pop
 
  •  Track Listings (12) - Disc #1

Guitar Shorty is one of the most flamboyant live performers on the blues circuit today; his typical show includes lengthy strolls through the crowd, solos played with his teeth, karate kicks, and 360-degree flips while pla...  more »

      
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All Artists: Guitar Shorty
Title: Get Wise to Yourself
Members Wishing: 1
Total Copies: 0
Label: Black Top Records
Release Date: 1/16/1996
Genres: Blues, Pop
Styles: Chicago Blues, Regional Blues, West Coast Blues, Electric Blues
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaCD Credits: 1
UPCs: 011661662629, 633081112623, 011661662643

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Guitar Shorty is one of the most flamboyant live performers on the blues circuit today; his typical show includes lengthy strolls through the crowd, solos played with his teeth, karate kicks, and 360-degree flips while playing his guitar. His recordings can't hope to capture these antics, but they do reveal that the veteran has combined the agile, high-pitched, single-note guitar style of such heroes as B.B. King and T-Bone Walker with the early-soul vocal stylings of Ray Charles and Sam Cooke who both hired the young David "Guitar Shorty" Kearney as a road guitarist. The seven Kearney originals on the New Orleans-recorded Get Wise to Yourself are little more than serviceable blues-genre exercises, but the handful of cover tunes reveal just how entertaining Guitar Shorty can be in the right circumstances. --Geoffrey Himes

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Straight-Up Blues from the Crescent City
Steve Vrana | Aurora, NE | 01/22/2000
(4 out of 5 stars)

"David Kearney (aka Guitar Shorty) is not only a storied showman (playing his guitar while standing on his head and while turning somersaults and backflips--and said to have inspired his brother-in-law Jimi Hendrix!), he is also a fine blues guitar player and vocalist.While Shorty's recording career began in 1959, he has been on the Black Top Label since 1993. Get Wise to Yourself is his second album for the label. Shorty wrote or co-wrote seven of the twelve tracks on this disc. In addition to featuring his red-hot guitar playing, the songs are punctuated with a tight horn section.I saw Shorty perform last summer (just two months shy of his sixtieth birthday) and while he limited his stage theatrics to a single somersault, he still could cut loose on the Stratocaster. Why he isn't as well known as such blues contemporaries as Buddy Guy (who both recorded for Cobra in the late fifties) is a mystery. Except for the awkward horn-driven funk of "A Fool Who Wants to Stay," this album is a guitar player's delight. RECOMMENDED"