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Watch Your Back [CD]

Guitar Shorty Audio CD
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"Blistering, modern blues-rock, bristles with galvanizing guitar and forceful vocals." –BILLBOARD

Legendary guitarist/vocalist Guitar Shorty is a giant in the blues world. Credited with influencing both Jimi Hendrix and Buddy Guy, Guitar Shorty has been electrifying audiences for five decades with his supercharged live shows and his incendiary recordings. Like a bare ... Read more in Amazon's Guitar Shorty Store

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  • Audio CD (26 April 2004)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Alligator
  • ASIN: B0001XAMTA
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 228,086 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Old School
2. Story Of My Life
3. I'm Gonna Leave You
4. What She Don't Know
5. I've Been Working
6. Get Busy
7. Let My Guitar To The Talking
8. It Ain't The Fall That Kills You
9. A Little Less Conversation
10. Right Tool For The Job

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Guitar Shorty's recording career, highlighted by a trio of fine Black Top releases in the 90s, has been unfortunately limited, but Watch Your Back might finally put him in the spotlight. The Houston-born blues showman, who once taught his young brother-in-law Jimi Hendrix a few stage tricks, has been on the scene since 1957, blasting out rocking blues with over-the-top enthusiasm. Much of the material here, except for muscular reworkings of Van Morrison's "I've Been Working" and the recently discofied Elvis hit "A Little Less Conversation" comes from his producer and pianist Jesse Harms, and it effectively showcases Shorty's aggressive approach: a big sound short on subtlety, but permeated with passionate vocals and searing guitar work. He simply overpowers the songs with his energy and you can either go with the flow or get swept aside by its immediacy. The music is uniformly loud and in your face, just as you would expect from such an extroverted entertainer and more often than not its sheer intensity overcomes any musical shortcomings. --Michael Point, Amazon.com

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He's today's leading black blues/rock guitar player. This is his first album for Alligator. With his aggressive style and his fat tone he should be able to attract European fans of hard rocking blues, also in Europe. But it wouldn't do him justice to reduce his abilities to flashy guitar solos. He's a tasteful player and writer of good songs. With this high-class release he should achieve cult status in good old Europe. This is my personal recommendation for all fans of great guitar blues, for fans of Luther Allison or Walter Trout alike. GUITAR SHORTY - gtr/voc, ELECTRIC VIC JOHNSON - rhythm gtr, JESSE HARMS - kbds, SWETT WILLIAM BOUCHARD - bass, ALVINO BENNETT - drums.

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars THIS IS THE HOT BLUES CD OF 2004!!!!! 10 Aug 2004
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
Blistering Guitar from the very start to the very end!
Basslines are superb too, and great vocals.
Have seen this band 'live' in Chicago,
and this album really captures the energy of Guitar Shorty and his terrific band.
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Amazon.com: 4.8 out of 5 stars  18 reviews
16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars 3 3/4 stars. Gritty electric blues from a grizzled veteran 3 Oct 2004
By Docendo Discimus - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
Born David William Kearney in 1939, Texan Guitar Shorty first recorded in 1957, yet this is only the 6th album for Jimi Hendrix's former brother-in-law (well, he married Hendrix's stepsister).

Kearney's career has had its shares of highs and lows (and sometimes the lows were very low, too), but since he was picked up by JSP in 1990 he has delivered a handful of albums which rank from good to great, and this is one of the best ones.
"Watch Your Back" is a really tough record...Shorty's fiery, fat-toned guitar playing is not unlike Stevie Ray Vaughan's, and he delivers these ten songs with utter conviction. There is nothing here as instantly memorable as the best work of Muddy Waters or Howlin' Wolf, sure, but that's pretty much a given, I suppose, and there are a lot of really good songs here even without an obvious replacement for "Hoochie Coochie Man".

Opening with one of the best ones, the gruff, muscular "Old School", "Watch Your Back" is excellently produced by Shorty's pianist Jesse Harms (formerly of REO Speedwagon). No frills, no gloss and glitter, just forty minutes of rowdy, smouldering blues, and Shorty rips into each blazing song, slow grind or up-tempo boogie, with equal enthusiasm.
Highlights include "I'm Gonna Leave You", an intense slow blues, the gritty swagger of "It Ain't The Fall That Kills You", the funky "What She Don't Know", a tough-as-nails rendition of "A Little Less Conversation", the driving "Let's Get Busy", and "Let My Guitar Do The Talking", a powerful mid-tempo number with a charging Bo Diddley beat.
Fans of so-called "modern electric blues" will want a listen, and those new to David William Kearney can start here.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome Shorty 12 Sep 2004
By David G. Lucas - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
"Let My Guitar Do the Talking" is a great Guitar Shorty theme; his guitar smokes, chats, laughs a whole lot, and tells a great story of the history of rock & blues. Another great CD by this living legend. His vocals are hit and miss, but you'll buy this one for the guitar and never regret it. I recommend, however, that you skip the combo-sale with Johnny Winter above. It's JW's weakest work; he is sadly fading away. Be sure to check other Winter albums though--in fact, they're all good hard-rocking blues besides this newest one (he never could really sing well, but this one has no energy). If this is your first time to hear about Johnny Winter because you just came here for the Guitar Shorty (can't go wrong with Shorty), then check out Johnny Winter And. That's Rocking.
7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Guitar Shorty burns! 20 July 2004
By Richard Rosenthal - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
If you love hard electric blues, this album will blow you away. I'm a guitar player, and listening to "Watch Your Back" is like hearing a living encyclopedia of great blues licks. Guitar Shorty could play circles around guys half his age...get this album!
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Watch Your Back 24 May 2006
By R. Barry - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
This is a great album. Guitar Shorty's playing style is rock solid, and his vocals are perfectly suited for his style of play. I had never heard of this man, but am I glad I "discovered" him. I play this album a couple times a week from cover to cover. It's absolutely amazing (and sad) that this man is not recognized as the great musician/guitarist that his is. Guitar Shorty had a trememdous influence on Jimi Hendrix as a young man and also was his brother-in-law. If you like blues, this man's guitar playing will have you smiling and patting yourself on the back for buying it. Just do it!
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars "THE STYLE OF BB" 19 April 2005
By H. Wildey - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
Guitar Shorty is fabulous. His music exudes a BB King style of Blues that rips you apart. This man never got his due. The BLUES is Guitar Shorty. I dare anyone to dispute that. If you buy one Blues Album this year make sure it is this one. (...)YOU'LL BE SORRY IF YOU DON'T.
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