Album Remarks & Appraisals:
Frankie Lee Sims was one of the great down home Texas blues men of the 1950s. The cousin of Lightning Hopkins, he was very much the same type of artist, along with contemporaries Smokey Hogg and Lil' Son Jackson. Recorded in New York for the enjoy label in 1960, previously unissued "long lost" session (3 tracks were only available on a 1980s bootleg LP) and features remakes of his biggest hits "Lucy Mae Blues" and "Walking With Frankie".
"A twangy, ringing electric guitar style that was irresistible on fast numbers and stung hard on the downbeat stuff." -All Music Guide
Liner Note Author: Fred James.
Walking with Frankie highlights bluesman Frankie Lee Sims' sessions for the New York-based Fire label in 1960. It would take 25 years before the U.K. label Krazy Kat had the good taste to finally release them. These rare 14 tracks find Sims in raw form, more so than his Specialty recordings of the '50s, with reworkings of "Lucy Mae Blues" and "Jelly Roll Baker." Collectors of gutbucket electric Texas blues should definitely seek this out. ~ Al Campbell