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Guitar Slim Jr., The Story of My Life (Orleans) Although some peg him as a one hit wonder, Eddie “Guitar Slim” Jones was a highly influential guitarist, and nowhere more so than on his son; this 1988 debut LP by Guitar Slim Jr. (born Rodney Glenn Armstrong) features seven of his dad’s tunes. As a blues player, Jr. is clearly impacted by many of the subsequent stylists who copped a move or two from his father, especially Buddy Guy and Albert Collins, meaning the urban sound here is muscular instead of slick. The album’s flow is somewhat impeded by three soul numbers (which sound perfectly okay separately). B

By Joseph Neff – The Vinyl District
April 19, 2017

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