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Texas Twister

By: Johnny Copeland

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Johnny Copeland Artist Snapshot:

Even though Louisiana-born Johnny Copeland began recording singles in the '50s and was among the most influential blues guitarists of his generation, his career as a solo recording artist didn't really hit full steam until the '80s. Copeland, whose jump blues-influenced singing and T-Bone Walker-like erudite guitar work set him apart from the pack, traveled a circuitous route moving from label to label and working as a true journeyman from the '50s through the '70s. Once his legend (artists like Stevie Ray Vaughan owe much to the man) started to catch up with him, bigger label deals and lucrative festival worked helped him acheive the success he deserved. Copeland died in New York City in 1997.

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3   It's My Own Tears Buy  
4   Claim Jumper Buy  
5   Natural Born Believer Buy  
6   Cold Outside Buy  
7   Honky Tonkin' Buy  
8   Love Utopia Buy  
9   Don't Stop By The Creek, Son Buy  
10   Houston Buy  
11   I De Go Now Buy  
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A collection of four of the Texas guitarist's sessions for Rounder Records, Texas Twister doesn't quite pack the punch of the individual albums, but is still an excellent introduction to the guitarist's work. Underappreciated until the last years of his life--though daughter Shemekia has been shaking things up since her debut album was released in 1998--Copeland had everything that epitomized the Texas blues: scorching guitar riffs; a growling, expressive voice; and a sense of the grand that one rarely finds in any other flavor of the blues. From smoking slow blues like "It's My Own Tears" and "Honky Tonkin'" to more uptempo numbers like "Claim Jumper" and "Love Utopia," everything here is rock-solid. What's extra special, though, are the final three tracks--drawn from 1986's Bringin' It All Back Home--which, by setting Copeland's blues to African rhythms and backing music, highlight both the family resemblance between the two types of music, and how far they've diverged. --Genevieve Williams

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