131

Arthur Williams and the Bluesmasters: Harpin' On It

Ed Kopp By

Sign in to view read count
Arthur Williams and the Bluesmasters: Harpin' On It Here's a danceable, soulful blast of harmonica-driven blues from Arthur Williams and the Bluesmasters. Harpin' On It offers up a succession of jumpin', jukin' tunes that showcase the leader's funky harmonica and all-out vocals. Factor in Bob Lohr's fast-pumping piano, and the boogie really burns on this one.

Born in Mississippi, 61-year-old Arthur Wilson was tutored by Little Walter and played with Chicago blues legends Elmore James and Muddy Waters. Williams returned to the Delta in the late '50s and teamed with Frank Frost and Sam Carr. These days Williams calls St. Louis home, and he's assembled an excellent combo that includes St. Louis drummer/vocalist James "Boo Boo" Davis. Davis contributes four tunes to this album, including the fast-cookers "Ain't Goin' Back To East St. Louis" and "Goin' To Memphis."

Harpin' On It's 11 tracks also feature tunes by Jimmy Reed ("Can't Stand To See You Go"), Little Walter ("Mean Old World"), and Williams himself (the instrumental "Harpin' On It").

Williams blows rapid single-note lines and wicked bends on harp. He also sings with heartfelt intensity. His band out-and-out cooks, particularly ace piano man Bob Lohr. Call this a fine collection of Chicago-style blues infused with the spirit of St. Louis.

Title: Harpin' On It | Year Released: 2000 | Record Label: Fedora Records


Tags

comments powered by Disqus

More Articles

Read Crossing CD/LP/Track Review Crossing
by Geno Thackara
Published: June 25, 2017
Read Unit[e] CD/LP/Track Review Unit[e]
by Karl Ackermann
Published: June 25, 2017
Read Such A Sky CD/LP/Track Review Such A Sky
by Bruce Lindsay
Published: June 25, 2017
Read Buer: Book Of Angels Volume 31 CD/LP/Track Review Buer: Book Of Angels Volume 31
by Dan McClenaghan
Published: June 25, 2017
Read BACHanalia CD/LP/Track Review BACHanalia
by Jack Bowers
Published: June 24, 2017
Read Hallways CD/LP/Track Review Hallways
by Paul Rauch
Published: June 24, 2017
Read "Tuesday Prayers" CD/LP/Track Review Tuesday Prayers
by Jakob Baekgaard
Published: June 29, 2016
Read "Soulmation" CD/LP/Track Review Soulmation
by Dan Bilawsky
Published: April 22, 2017
Read "Lost at Last" CD/LP/Track Review Lost at Last
by Geno Thackara
Published: November 10, 2016
Read "Lea Áigi" CD/LP/Track Review Lea Áigi
by Mark Sullivan
Published: December 23, 2016
Read "Monk's Cha Cha" CD/LP/Track Review Monk's Cha Cha
by Dan Bilawsky
Published: March 8, 2017
Read "Pomona" CD/LP/Track Review Pomona
by Mark Sullivan
Published: October 16, 2016

Join the staff. Writers Wanted!

Develop a column, write album reviews, cover live shows, or conduct interviews.