Various Artists: Bar Room Blues (2004)
The label has returned with a more thematic collection entitled Bar Room Blues—A 12-Track Program. All of the songs included address drinking: before, during, and after. The collection draws from releases between 1994 and 2002. While not as strong a release as This is What We Call The Blues, it nevertheless has its provocative moments.
Highlights of this disc include Tommy Castro’s ripping contribution of "Rip This Joint" to the Stones homage Exile on Blues Street , Troy Turner’s best Stevie Ray Vaughan on his "Later Than You Think" from 1999’s Blues on My Back, and the Tab Benoit/Kenny Neal duet on Willie Nelson’s "Nightlife" from Homesick for the Road. These are the songs able to compete with "Nice and Warm" or "Hell and High Water" from This is What We Call The Blues. For a photograph of the state of the blues, Bar Room Blues is a grand place to start, but check out the others as they have much to offer also.
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Track Listing: Rip This Joint
Record Label: Telarc Records