Standing Room Only, Ruf Records CD 51416 1392-2, 1998
Your basic solid blues album
Blues! To be crass for a moment, you cant do much
better than a black man with a guitar singing de blues. Thats a
compliment to the man, folks. Good voice and guitar that doesnt
do much new, but does what it does at the top of the game. Love, money
(you dont need it), individuality, girl troubles
("PMS"): its all on this one.
It all rocks off with "A Driving Woman," who will drive
Larry fresh outa his mind. Spicy organ accompanies the medium rock
rhythm. "Do Your Personal Thing" sounds like someone walking
on the beach, which fits the "some people like walking along the
ocean / leaving temporary foot prints in the sand" lyrics. I can
really relate to this one, as someone whos remained away from the
mainstream for 28 years. He aint gonna let nobody stop him, so
dont you! He he he, plus the female vocals way in
the background are a nice touch.
"The Strangers Blues" reminds me a lot of Clapton on
one of his many live CDs. Its cool, mellow, its the kind of
song you could put on the stereo, then leave your kids alone with.
Great babysitter. No one will break in while this song plays.
"Ill Run Cross You" is blues in the best tradition.
Tinkling guitar, cymbal, drums, then the voice. A song saying that if I
stay here, Ill run across you again. Reminds me of myself
(again), like how its easier for me to go into a place of
strangers than people Ive met before. So I keep on traveling.
True, its hard to do anything different with blues anymore.
But thats no reason you cant be the best of the team. If
Larry aint best, hes sure first string. Ben
Larry Garner, guitars and vocals; Steve Potts, drums; Dave Smith,
bass; Ernest Williamson Jr., piano and B3; Jack Holder, rhythm guitar;
Jackie Johnson and Rebecca Russell, backing vocals.
A Driving Woman Do Your Personal Thing
Strangers Blues Keep The Money Dont Start
Crying Out in the Country Ill Run Cross
You PMS Drifter Cold
Chills 1st Encore