Big Ken Smith – Hometown Homesick Blues
The blues meets southern rock head-on in the feisty music of Big Ken Smith. Its a tough sound, full of urban grit and backwoods mud... of hard-won wisdom and cheerful resilience. Bassist and singer, Big Ken Smith presents his 12-song CD on Cold Wind Records. Nearly all of the songs are originals with over thirty years of American roots built in. The sessions feature Sam Lay- drummer for Howlin' Wolf, Little Walter, Muddy Waters and more. Plus, Larry Burton- guitarist with Albert King, Albert Collins, Taj Mahal and other blues greats. Produced in Nashville by Fred James, the album is, as Ken simply states... "Modern Blues with a little more meat to it!" Music columnist Tom Surowicz writes... "It's the right material... a brand of blues that's fresh, funky, southern-fried and personal."
1. Somebody Got to Do It - 3:02 2. Light at the End of the Tunnel - 3:36 3. Bad Memory - 3:13 4. Low Profile - 3:46 5. Rock and a Hard Case - 3:09 6. Home of the Blues - 3:00 7. Same Old Blues - 4:28 8. Wrong Horse - 3:13 9. Cruise Control - 3:10 10. School of Hard Knocks - 3:52 11. Hometown Homesick Blues - 4:00 12. Good News - 3:58
Ken Smith (lead vocals, bass guitar) , Sam Lay (drums) , Bill Swartz (drums) , Larry Burton (lead guitar) , Celia Price (piano) , Willie Murphy (keyboards) , Fred James (rhythm & slide guitar, Hammond organ)