New discoveries come in many different shapes, forms, and guises. Last week, a guy told me that a dragonfly's vision is like looking through a prism; kind of like being on a perma-trip. However, when dealing with a new find in the blues genre, a man or woman that has devoted their life to the music is much more exciting-in speaking for myself, than let's say, the dragonfly. Craig Horton is a "Bay Area" bluesman that found
his way into my home. I've never heard of Horton, and it's hard to believe. I have been haunting San Francisco for years, and the guy has a legendary status in the clubs! Here's the skinny: In the late 50's, Craig Horton played guitar in Little Walter's Band, and was a touring member of The Dells (Doo Wop Heaven!). He was a noted musician in the
early 60's, Chicago music scene-I was there. But when your a teenager on the lamb with truant officers in hot pursuit, and getting kicked out of clubs, it's kind of hard to think about anything other than survival. Still, I kept coming back and finally reached the appropriate age and still missed this guy. By then, he had went on to perform with some of my favorite performers. He played with Muddy Waters, Otis Rush, Buddy Guy, and Freddie King-unbelievable! During the 70's, I was in and out of Europe. Craig Horton arrived in the 80's, with Sam Myers and The Mississippi Delta Blues Band. What we have here, is a man with all the credentials and one fine resume. This new release, "In My Spirit" is Horton's debut album. He did a few 7 inchers with Bill Warren and Jump
Jackson: "Ridin In My Jaguar," and "Midnight Shuffle." Both have been recut on this remarkable CD. At age 61, Craig Horton comes out with all the right moves and years of experience. There are 12 tracks and a whole lot of history on this one. Catch the vibe on songs such as "2 Days And 3 Nights," and "Is It True." Songs such as "Nightclub" and
"Spellbound" are priceless! Don't go away Mr. Horton-we need you!
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