Roy Rogers w/Norton Buffalo
Slideways (Evidence 26121; March 26, 2002)
Reviewed by Don Brown Sr. and R.J. Bianchino
The Blues Internet
Las Vegas Jazz n' Blues
Boulder Blues Site
Normally, I don't like instrumental CD's. To me, they tend to get boring. From the opening notes of "AVALANCHE", the first song on Roy Rogers' latest CD, SLIDEWAYS, it left little doubt, with its blues boogie and hard driving slide work, that this could be different.
Roy Rogers and the Delta Rhythm Kings can almost do it all. Where there's something they can't do, out comes Norton Buffalo blowing his harp on this CD. Norton shines the bightest on the slow blues number "I'M WITH YOU".
"THERE IS ONLY YOU" and "PRECIOUS MOMENTS" are slide guitar odes to that special someone. Roy makes you feel the love in each and every note without having to say a word. SLIDEWAYS is a must have for people who love their music straight from the heart. -- Don Brown Jr., Caught Live Too!
Roy Rogers and the slide guitar he rides in on. The man is incredible, as is his latest cd Slideways. From the rolicking, rock 'n' rollin' slide and piano licks of "Avalanche", to the hauting sound of "Talking Walls", this disc will grab ya and won't let go. There's even a paean to rock god Chuck Berry in "Duckwalk".
"Razor's Edge" slows the pace somewhat. As does "There Is Only You" which is almost sleepwalkish in evolking the sound of a steel guitar. This song, along with "Precious Moments", finds Rogers at his most lyrical. Incidently, Roy penned all 13 songs on this just under an hour cd.
Rogers is joined here by long time associate Norton Buffalo on harmonica. Norton's playing is in top form on "I'm With You", a song that nods to another slide master - Elmore James. Also joining Roy is Meters drummer Joseph "Ziggy" Modeliste. Ziggy adds that N'Orleans flavor to "Crescent Steps", "Swamp Dream" and "Gumbo Funk". Although entirely instumental, Slideways delivers a guitar 'n' blues stew that should not go unsavored. -- R.J. Bianchino, bluesInternet