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Steel Guitar Flash!Plus
Genres: Blues, Pop
Slide guitar blues with an Elmore James flavor played on an eight-string table (non-pedal) steel guitar was the trademarked sound of Houston blues legend Hop Wilson. Strictly a local phenomenon, Wilson recorded fitfully an... more »
Slide guitar blues with an Elmore James flavor played on an eight-string table (non-pedal) steel guitar was the trademarked sound of Houston blues legend Hop Wilson. Strictly a local phenomenon, Wilson recorded fitfully and hated touring. Though he also played fine down-home blues on conventional electric guitar and was a powerful singer as well, it is Wilson's unique slide stylings that remain a signature influence on Johnny Winter and Jimmie Vaughan, to name a few. CD features 'My Woman Has A Black Cat Bone' and 'I Feel So Glad'. Ace. 2004.
The finest Hop Wilson-compilation
Docendo Discimus | Vita scholae | 12/10/2004
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Harding "Hop" Wilson played blues with an Elmore James flavour on an eight-string table steel guitar (slide, but no pedal).
This lengthy 29-track compilation clocks in at over 74 minutes, and it includes Hop Wilson and his small, tight combo backing Fenton Robinson (on a great, swaggering "My Woman Done Quit Me") and Larry Davis (on the slow grind of "Need Your Love To Keep Me Warm").
This is blues, R&B and proto-rock n' roll played with grit and determination. Hop Wilson was a powerful vocalist with distinct baritone voice, and his drummer, King Ivory Lee, bangs the hell out of a set which sounds at times like a Salvation Army-reject.
Pianist Elmore Nixon is wonderful, and harpist Willie Jackson supplies some excellent harmonica on one of the finest songs on this lenghty set, the rollicking "Always Been In Love With You".
Johnny Winter covers "That Wouldn't Satisfy" on his latest album, and Hop Wilson plays some searing slide guitar on the thumping "You Don't Love Me No More". Other highlights include the driving mid-tempo shuffle "My Woman Has A Black Cat Bone", the soulful slow "I Ain't Got No Woman", and the rollicking, piano-driven "My Woman Done Quit Me".
A little bit more musical variation would have made for an even stronger set, but the sheer style and talent of Hop Wilson makes for a lot of great music, and there is much to like here."