Blue Diamond

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All Music Guide - Bob Gottlieb
This very unique lap steel player of the blues stretches out on this Canadian roots label's release. Those who have seen him will never forget his shows, where he goes out of his way to entertain an audience. From his bright red suit to his bejeweled turban, and the legendary smile that is absolutely radiant, to the good humor he displays on stage, add his prowess on his lap steel, and he is every bit the entertainer. This same warm and embracing energy is captured on this disc and given as a bonus to the listener. The lap steel is far more common in country music, but it is an instrument that he has adapted to the blues and he finds it gives him the musical expressions ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Bob Gottlieb
This very unique lap steel player of the blues stretches out on this Canadian roots label's release. Those who have seen him will never forget his shows, where he goes out of his way to entertain an audience. From his bright red suit to his bejeweled turban, and the legendary smile that is absolutely radiant, to the good humor he displays on stage, add his prowess on his lap steel, and he is every bit the entertainer. This same warm and embracing energy is captured on this disc and given as a bonus to the listener. The lap steel is far more common in country music, but it is an instrument that he has adapted to the blues and he finds it gives him the musical expressions and tones he was looking for. He was born in Texas and the blues that he heard growing up, as played by T-Bone Walker, Freddie King, and Chuck Willis can still be heard in his music. This combined with his strong and imaginative songwriting -- he wrote or co-wrote ten of the songs on this disc -- and his expressive voice make for a very worthy disc, plus as a bonus there is an in-depth interview at the tail end of the disc. Take special note of the expression and intensity displayed in "Blues Walk." This man, born Clarence Edward Smith, has come a far piece of ground from his roots, yet his appreciation and hard work -- he is on the road 250 days a year -- has honed his sound to sheer enjoyment. He is a true diplomat of the blues.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 8/10/1999
  • Label: Stony Plain Music
  • UPC: 772532125727
  • Catalog Number: 1257
  • Sales rank: 114,415

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Sonny Rhodes Primary Artist, Dobro, Electric Guitar, Vocals, Lap Steel Guitar
Ace Moreland Acoustic Guitar, Guitar
Noble "Thin Man" Watts Tenor Saxophone
Doug Bare Keyboards
Byrd Foster Drums
Bob "Rattlesnake" Greenlee Acoustic Guitar, Bass
Warren King Electric Guitar
Mark Hodgson Harp
Jimmy Payne Drums
Anthony "Packrat" Thompson Harp
Rick "Hurricane" Johnson Baritone Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone
Bob Pickwood Trumpet
Technical Credits
Ace Moreland Composer, Engineer
Sonny Rhodes Liner Notes, Interviewer
Johnny Copeland Composer
Bob "Rattlesnake" Greenlee Composer, Producer
Warren King Engineer
Peter Moore Mastering
Holger Petersen Executive Producer
Bill "Foots" Samuel Horn Arrangements
Rick Bailey Engineer
Richard Flohil Liner Notes
Lamar Sorrento Cover Illustration
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