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Billy Flynn - Billy’s BluesBilly Flynn - Billy’s Blues
{2005 | Easy Baby}

Billy Flynn has been around playing his blues for many decades now. He grew up in Green Bay, WI and got his first taste of real blues as he turned 14 (in 1970) when Clark Kent’s Super Joint opened. Legends such as Jimmy Rogers, Johnny Littlejohn, and Johnny Young were just a few of the acts that played at the club. Shortly after the joint opened, Billy got an opportunity to jam w/ his mentor, Jimmy Dawkins. In 1975 Dawkins invited Flynn to join his band and toured w/ him for over four years. After that, Billy continued to play in his home and Chicago area with such acts as Luther Allison, Mighty Joe Young, and Sunnyland Slim. In the late 1980’s he played with ex-Muddy Waters bandmates including Pinetop Perkins, Willy “Big Eyes” Smith, and Calvin “Fuzz” Jones. Billy has also worked w/ such greats as Kim Wilson and Otis Rush. He tries to make himself readily available for work and various blues opportunities as they arise. Billy has played the guitar guest spot on many remarkable blues discs; just check out his website at www.billyflynn.com for all the facts!

His latest release, Billy’s Blues is brilliant and the track list is as follows:

1. I Feel It-Elmore James influenced
2. Oh Yeah, Someday- great tune; reminded me of Charlie Musslewhite
3. Blues Everyday-layin’ it down Muddy Waters style
4. Doin’ Alright-funky and groovy tune
5. Blue Chromatic-pure harp; this is one of my favorites!
6. Come On Now!-tremendous piano boogie
7. Blues Today-slow, slide blues
8. Blues Crawled in my Bed-more slide
9. Juanita-women and blues just seem to go together!
10. All the Luv is Gone-steel guitar sounding blues
11. Billy’s Blues Pt. 1-perfect title track
12. Liquor Store Blues-just like women, liquor completes the blues puzzle!
13. Trompin’-John Lee Hooker-ish instrumental
14. Hamhocks-great guitar and harp; another instrumental to close out the disc

Billy is a very talented musician not to mention a very cool guy. I recently had the honor of attending his 25th wedding anniversary party. You just won’t meet a nicer guy! Be sure to check out his site and merchandise.

I give this cd a 4.35 on the STLBluesmeter.

 By Shannon
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