The Apple River blues fans are in for one spectacular treat with the reunion of long time friends and musical cohorts Lonnie Brooks, Long John Hunter and Phillip Walker. Teaming up for the first time in over 4 decades (in support of their new album on Alligator Records, Lone Star Shootout), these three Texas border town legends are ready for one rollicking, no-holds-barred blues super-session.
All three started playing guitar and performing in the early 1950's in the boomtowns of Port Arthur and Beaumont, Texas, where blues, early rock and roll, R&B, Zydeco and country music merged and created a lasting impression on their singular brand of blues. Over the years, their solo recordings and performances have inspired and entertained countless fans and have influenced players from Johnny Winter to Buddy Holly to Billy Gibbons. Lonnie Brooks (born Lee Baker and known as Guitar Junior) forges a unique mixture of Louisiana, West Coast, Texas and Chicago blues unlike anyone else on the competitive Chicago blues scene where he has reigned as one of the Windy Cities' top bluesmen over the past two decades. Lonnie has a dynamic quality to his voice that falls somewhere between hard core blues and smooth sounding soul. He plays a wicked and innovative guitar, is a gifted songwriter and consummate entertainer. In fact, his live performances are legendary, with the charismatic and good-natured Brooks always injecting a high level of energy and excitement into his shows that simply electrifies his audiences.
Phillip Walker's stylish fretwork has graced dozens of other musician's albums for decades, and he has released nearly as many albums and singles, as well as penned more than a few blues standards of his own. Real Blues Magazine has called Walker "a true giant of the blues where his triple threat strength as a guitarist, vocalist, and songwriter is unequaled." He combines classic Gulf Coast blues, Memphis style soul and West Coast cool with a cutting guitar style that ranks him among the elite playing today.
Long John Hunter, one of the best kept secrets of the blues, has a gutsy and original guitar style that was influenced by B.B. King but honed to a fine edge while playing for more than a decade at the Lobby Bar in Juarez, Mexico. There, Hunter used to entertain the rowdy audience all night long by literally swinging from the rafters while playing his guitar one handed. Both Brooks and
Walker played with the legendary Zydeco innovator Clifton Chenier before moving on to Chicago and California respectively, while Hunter remained in Texas and nearby fabled Juarez, Mexico. Never before, though, have these three old friends and master bluesmen teamed up on the same stage or in the studio … until now that is. The Lone Star Shootout will feature the searing guitar playing, smoldering vocals and engaging good natured humor of these three blues legends as they serve up straight-ahead blues, swamp pop soul and "boarder town" salsa-fried boogie.