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Double Trouble
BEEN A LONG TIME
(TONE-COOL)

Rhythm sections donít usually claim the spotlight, but bassist Chris Layton and drummer Tommy Shannon of Double Trouble enjoy a special status, having been the backing band for the luminous and late Stevie Ray Vaughan. Although theyíve gotten together post-SRV to back guitarist Debbie Davies, they are the leaders of this set, which is sprinkled with big blues names like Johnny Lang, Dr. John, and Susan Tedeschi, along with fellow Austin all-stars Jimmie Vaughan, Eric Johnson, and Lou Ann Barton. The sound more or less stays within the Stevie Ray bag, though naturally the guitar playing is not as white hot. The best cuts avoid making the guitar the star ó that would include two sung by Austinís soulful Malford Milligan and " In the Garden, " one of Tedeschiís numbers. Layton and Shannon dip into a Band of Gypsies number with " Sheís All Right, " where Doyle Bramhall II proves he has the guitar vocabulary, but not the poetry, of Vaughan. Tedeschiís take on " Rock and Roll " is so similar to the Zeppelin original that itís a waste of time, and like Langís fierce " Groundhog Day " (which could be an AC/DC outtake), it shows just how far into rock overdrive the blues is willing to travel these days.





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