Writer Richard Bush writes: “The Golden Triangle region of Southeast Texas provides us with a rich musical legacy by producing such talents as Gatemouth Brown, Long John Hunter, Phillip Walker, Lonnie Brooks, Johnny & Edgar Winter, Ervin Charles, and Janis Joplin. It’s from this musical heritage that guitarist Little Ray Ybarra rises and when the torch passes, he will be a worthy bearer. Little Ray and the Blues Sonics’ HOT ROD BLUES provides ample proof.
There are guitarists that play the blues and then there are blues guitarists. It’s a distinction that is not only audible, it is felt. Little Ray’s playing just flat has that feeling and he lets his guitar do all his talking and it’s got a lot to say on this CD of Texas tough stuff. On many of these 13 cuts, all of which Ray had a hand in composing (except “Go To The Mardi Gras”), he allows his bandmates to set just such a mood and get the songs cranking while he helps lay down the rhythmic foundation. Then, on each, he flips the switch, takes over and shows why he leads the band.”
Other Critics have written:
- “Outstanding guitar work of Little Ray, doing an excellent job “ (Blues Access)
- “Better-than-average Texas Blues” (Arsenio Orteza, Times Of Acadiana)
- “Little Ray is versatile, demonstrating as much affection for the funky Texas format as for the nastier Chicago stuff. He gets some great tones out of his guitars. Roadhouse blues for a roadhouse band” (Walter Pierce, The Daily Advertiser)
- “South Texas chop-top blues blast down the track. Little Ray really rocks out in a 50’s blues style that’s semi-rockabilly with lots of roadhouse mud.” (Blues Revue)
In addition to Little Ray Ybarra playing all guitar tracks, musicians include Phil Daigle (vocals), Mike Williams (vocals), Joe Mendoza (vocals & harmonica), Doc Bradford (bass), Kevin Gaissert (drums), Lewis Reeves (drums), Bobby Hodges (background vocals), Roy Mannino (harmonica) and Brian Blunt (organ). Songs were recorded, mixed and mastered at The Musik Faktory/Great Recordings in Port Arthur, Texas.
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