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Ray Sharpe - Texas Boogie Blues (1980)

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Ray Sharpe - Texas Boogie Blues (1980)

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A1 	Boat Dock 	
A2 	In The Wee Wee Hours 	
A3 	Snap Your Fingers 	
A4 	Alva 	
A5 	Don't Start Me To Talkin' 	
B1 	Linda Lu 	
B2 	You're Not The Only One 	
B3 	Talk To Your Daughter 	
B4 	Man Watch Your Woman 	
B5 	Alva's Baby's Blues

Ray Sharpe – vocals, guitar, Fender Rhodes
Joe Copeland – guitars
Danny Hayes – keyboards
Donnie McCutchen – bass
Randy Dehart – drums, percussion
Delbert McClinton – harp
Nancy Kamm – strings (A4)
Buddy Whittington – guitar (A1)
Johnny Reno, John Riviera, Weed-Man Henry, Lindy Barger – horns

 

Ray Sharpe's biggest and only hit, "Linda Lu," only made it to number46 on the Billboard charts and his music doesn't fit into any convenient categories. He is that anomaly of anomalies, an African-American who made records that sounded like a hillbilly doing rock & roll and pop tunes. Sharpe could pick some pretty bluesy guitar and had a way of vocalizing and stuttering and stretching out syllables with a twang that would have given even Jim Nabors a moment of pause. But producer Lee Hazlewood sure knew how to get the best out of him and rather than a compilation with one hit and a bunch of leftovers, we have a collection of diverse but cool material that deserves a much wider hearing.

The sound on this disc is really clean and powerful, some of it in early true stereo, but it's the music that'll win hands down every time and that's the bottom line here. Maybe Ray Sharpe isn't in the Hall of Fame, but if you like Texas music with a distinct twist to it, this collection comes highly recommended. ---Cub Koda, Rovi

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