Rolling Stone (7/20/00, p.136) - 4 stars out of 5 - "...A good way to catch King in his own element - with his hardy road band...spinning a living blues from the motley soul of electric black Chicago, urban doo-wop, New Orleans funk and swamp rock..."
JazzTimes (10/00, p.72) - "...Showcases BB with his relentlessly touring band in an eclectic program of slow blues, ballads, infectious, organ-fueled shuffles...and upbeat funk..."
Record Collector (magazine) (p.92) - 4 stars out of 5 -- "[S]elf-penned songs such as 'She's My Baby' are pure signature King; the solos are fluid, the delivery is gutsy."
Personnel: B.B. King (guitar); Leon Warren, John Porter (guitar); Joe Sublett (tenor saxophone); Walter R. King, Melvin Jackson (saxophone); James Bolden, Stanley Abernathy, Darrell Leonard (trumpet); James Toney, Tommy Eyre (keyboards); Michael Doster (bass); Calep Emphrey Jr. (drums); Tony Braunagel (percussion).
Recorded at Dockside Studio, Maurice, Louisiana.
B.B. King was one of few remaining blues elder statesmen still touring and recording new material at the beginning of the new millennium. Between his 200-plus annual gigs, King found enough time to hit Louisiana and lay down 14 solid blues tracks. Picking up where he left off with his fine 1998 album BLUES ON THE BAYOU, the guitarist played it smart by returning to the studio accompanied only by his touring band of over a decade, eschewing the slew of superstar guests who had bogged down previous releases.
Overflowing with plenty of his trademark crackling licks and soulful vocals, King re-recorded new versions of some old nuggets, including "Peace Of Mind" and "You're On Top," in addition to writing new numbers like the up-tempo "Action Speaks Louder Than Words," and the simmering "She's My Baby." The blues legend also shows off his range via a wide array of covers by artists including Tony Joe White (Makin' Love Is Good For You), Lenny Welch ("Since I Fell For You"), Barbara George ("I Know"), and Willie Dixon ("Don't Go No Farther").
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