T-Bone Strikes Again

The latest issue of Acoustic Guitar magazine – January 2014, Issue 253, Vol. 24, No. 7 – arrived in today’s mail. The monthly collection of song transcriptions in this issue – “6 Songs To Play” – is an especially good one. It includes “Dublin Blues” by Guy Clark, “Luka” by Suzanne Vega and – I was excited to see – “T-Bone Shuffle” by T-Bone Walker.

“T-Bone Shuffle” is a favorite of mine. Long time readers of this blog will know that. I’ve written about the piece twice: on April 21, 2010 in a post titled On This Day In Music History – “T-Bone Shuffle” and on May 15, 2011, Revisiting The “T-Bone Shuffle.” 

So, after lunch, as I set about doing advance preparations for Thanksgiving day dinner, I put my favorite T-Bone Walker CD on the stereo – Low Down Blues – and clicked on the speakers in the kitchen.

Low Down Blues is a 1986 Charly Records compilation of 22 recordings made by T-Bone Walker between late 1946 and early 1948 in Los Angeles, California for the Black & White label. Starting off with “Don’t Leave Me Baby,” the album goes on to offer up such delights as “It’s A Low Down Dirty Deal,” “T-Bone Jumps Again” and “Call It Stormy Monday.” This is music that Alan Balfour accurately describes in the liner notes as: “easy listening of the best sort, all delivered with stylish aplomb and musical brilliance.”

As the afternoon pleasantly progressed, one track really caught my ears: “Too Much Trouble Blues.” The song starts, as many of his songs do, with an introduction featuring one of T-Bone Walker’s brilliant guitar solos. This one in particular is quintessential T-Bone, the kind of electric Blues guitar playing that strongly influenced such equally-influential players as B.B. King and Chuck Berry.

Whatever you’re doing this afternoon or this evening, take a few minutes and check it out for yourself: “Too Much Trouble Blues” by the legendary singer and electric Blues guitarist, Mr. T-Bone Walker.

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2 Responses to T-Bone Strikes Again

  1. Alex Inzenga says:

    Hi Eric, this is Alex!! I know I have seen or talked to you in quite awhile but I have listened to your CD songs to be sung and I wanted to take this opportunity to say It’s great!! I’m a acoustic guitar fan as well as a T-bone walker fan and that’s a Killer tune!!! haha well I’m not sure if you have heard of this guitar player Jackie Greene but I’ve listened to him and I just wanted to share this song, it’s called Gone Wonderin. So check it out!

    PS here is some excellent Christmas music

    Best Wishes

  2. Alex Inzenga says:

    Hey Thanks Eric, Hope you had a nice Christmas here’s another tune no guitar though. Hope you have an happy new year and Keep Playing!!!

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