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Tijuana Bible

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All Music Guide - Hal Horowitz
Among the things guitarist Jim Suhler likely learned from his occasional boss George Thorogood is that three chords and a ton of sweat can get you pretty far in the blues-boogie business. On Suhler's fifth album, he plows through riffs that anyone with a ZZ Top or Thorogood album will recognize. And even if the songs aren't going to redefine the genre, they are more than just skeletons on which to hang hot guitar licks and a tough, swampy groove. Credit veteran blues-rock producer Tom Hambridge for bulking up the sound without cluttering it. On "Black Sky," the beat is pushed pedal to the metal like "Radar Love" as Suhler solos over a driving rhythm section. The guitarist ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Hal Horowitz
Among the things guitarist Jim Suhler likely learned from his occasional boss George Thorogood is that three chords and a ton of sweat can get you pretty far in the blues-boogie business. On Suhler's fifth album, he plows through riffs that anyone with a ZZ Top or Thorogood album will recognize. And even if the songs aren't going to redefine the genre, they are more than just skeletons on which to hang hot guitar licks and a tough, swampy groove. Credit veteran blues-rock producer Tom Hambridge for bulking up the sound without cluttering it. On "Black Sky," the beat is pushed pedal to the metal like "Radar Love" as Suhler solos over a driving rhythm section. The guitarist rips a page from the Robin Trower songbook on "Deep Water Lullaby," bringing a Hendrix-styled "Little Wing" ballad to the mix as Joe Bonamassa guests on guitar. Buddy Leach's overdubbed saxes blow soul into the mix on the slow blues "Years of Tears" as Suhler uses his slide to slashing effect. Suhler gets his slow funk groove on for the Lightnin' Hopkins tribute "Po' Lightnin'," another tune where his slide gets a greasy workout. The 16 tracks are dominated by 13 originals and tough, fully realized covers from Rory Gallagher a stomping "I Could've Had Religion", AC/DC a sufficiently explosive "Up to My Neck in You", and Elvin Bishop, who even contributes slide guitar to an appropriately loose version of his Allman Brothers Band-approved slow blues "Drunken Hearted Boy." Tunes such as "Border Rock" perhaps a bit too indebted lyrically to Top's "Heard It on the X", "Mexicali Run" built around a patented John Lee Hooker/Canned Heat lick, and "Chaos in Taos" are as gritty and rollicking as their titles imply. The piano-heavy closing ballad "Cold Light of Day" is pleasant enough but seems oddly out of place, as if grafted from an old Elton John album. Regardless, Suhler fills nearly 70 minutes with quality barroom rock, nearly as potent as that of his obvious influences, which will liven up any Americana party.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 2/17/2009
  • Label: Underworld (Burnside
  • UPC: 635961134022
  • Catalog Number: 14
  • Sales rank: 60,372

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Tijuana Bible (4:11)
  2. 2 Devil in Me (3:31)
  3. 3 Drunken Hearted Boy (4:42)
  4. 4 Up to My Neck in You (4:53)
  5. 5 Long Hot Summer (5:24)
  6. 6 Black Sky (5:10)
  7. 7 Deep Water Lullaby (6:08)
  8. 8 Years of Tears (5:14)
  9. 9 Po' Lightnin' (4:10)
  10. 10 Border Rock (3:30)
  11. 11 Mexicali Run (4:03)
  12. 12 Sunday Drunk (3:45)
  13. 13 Chaos in Tejas (3:56)
  14. 14 Juice (4:07)
  15. 15 I Could've Had Religion (5:22)
  16. 16 Cold Light of Day (3:36)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Jim Suhler Primary Artist, Guitar, Vocals
Elvin Bishop Slide Guitar
Jimmy Hall Background Vocals
Joe Bonamassa Guitar
Paul Hollis Drums
Carlton Powell Bass, Background Vocals
Tom Hambridge Percussion, Background Vocals
Jimmy Morgan's Conjunto Percussion, Drums
Buddy Leach Saxophone
Cheryl Arena Harmonica
Jimmy Hall & the Muscle Shoals Rhythm Collective Background Vocals
Shawn Phares Keyboards
Jimmy Morgan Percussion, Drums
Technical Credits
Elvin Bishop Composer
Rory Gallagher Composer
Jim Suhler Producer, Audio Production
Shawn Berman Engineer
Tom Hambridge Composer, Producer, Audio Production
Robert Greeson Art Direction
Paul Osborn Engineer
Bishop Composer
Young Composer
Suhler Composer
Scott Composer
Gallagher Composer
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