Healing Feeling

Healing Feeling

by Hubert Sumlin
     
 
Hubert Sumlin arguably did his best work during the 23 years he was Howlin' Wolf's guitar player, and his ragged, angular guitar style was a big part of Wolf's rough-and-ready sound. The perfect sideman, Sumlin was by all accounts somewhat shy and reticent about taking center stage, and Healing Feeling, his second album for

Overview

Hubert Sumlin arguably did his best work during the 23 years he was Howlin' Wolf's guitar player, and his ragged, angular guitar style was a big part of Wolf's rough-and-ready sound. The perfect sideman, Sumlin was by all accounts somewhat shy and reticent about taking center stage, and Healing Feeling, his second album for Black Top Records, much like his first, Hubert Sumlin's Blues Party, is really more of an all-star blues jam than it is a fully realized project. Recorded May 5 and 6, 1989, at Southlake Recording Studios in Louisiana, with two additional tracks coming from a live show at Tipitina's in New Orleans earlier in the day on May 5, the sessions were once again organized by guitarist Ronnie Earl, whose band the Broadcasters is used on most of the cuts. The vocal duties were shared by James "Thunderbird" Davis and Darrell Nulisch, with Sumlin singing on "Come Back Little Girl," "Honey Dumplins," and the set closer, "Blues for Henry," all of which gain poignancy because of Sumlin's somewhat fragile, whispered vocal approach. A clear highlight is Sumlin's solo electric guitar version of "Down the Dusty Road," which is focused, clear, and intimate. The sound of the album is a little thicker and punchier than Blues Party, but once again Sumlin pulls off the difficult task of sounding like a sideman on his own album project, which is a shame, since when he does step forward, things really start to take on a distinct character. The two Black Top albums (this one was originally released in 1990) are really like blues jam holding patterns recorded when Sumlin was still trying to figure out how to make the transition from ace sideman to revered bandleader. Both suffer a bit from not having a truly assertive Sumlin on board.

Product Details

Release Date:
09/13/2005
Label:
Shout Factory
UPC:
0826663115727
catalogNumber:
31157
Rank:
54470

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Hubert Sumlin   Primary Artist,Guitar,Vocals
James "Thunderbird" Davis   Vocals
Ronnie Earl   Guitar
Steve Gomes   Bass,Bass Guitar
Per Hanson   Drums
Mark "Kaz" Kazanoff   Tenor Saxophone
Darrell Nulisch   Harmonica,Vocals
T-Bird   Vocals
Richard "Dickie" Reed   Organ,Piano

Technical Credits

Willie Dixon   Composer
Ronnie Earl   Producer,Audio Production
Mark Bingham   Engineer
David Farrell   Engineer
Hammond Scott   Producer,Engineer,Liner Notes,Audio Production
Don Robey   Composer
A. Scott Galloway   Liner Notes
Nauman S. Scott   Executive Producer
John Roberts   Artwork
C. Glenn Burnett   Composer
Larry Glenn   Composer

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