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Ain't Going Down That Road by Myself

by Earnest "Guitar" Roy

Energenic Blues with various styles and positive lyrics.
Genre: Blues: Delta Style
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1. You Better Leave Me Alone
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2. 44 Blues
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3. I Wanna Talk to You
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4. Tribute to Earnest Roy, Sr.
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5. Ain't Going Down That Road by Myself
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6. Earnerization
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7. Earnest Kinda' Way
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8. After Hours
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9. You Got that Big O'Smile
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10. Steel Guitar Rag
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


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The Man and the music speaks for itself. Earnest ”Guitar” Roy is truly fulfilling his dream. Earnest Roy, Jr. was born on September 25th, 1958 in Clarksdale, Mississippi under the watchful eye of his late, great father and guitarist, Earnest Roy, Sr, who worked with Jackie Brinston, Ike Turner, John Lee Hooker, Wade Walton, Raymond Hill and many of the other Clarksdale bluesman. Earnest Sr. was in a book called, “Conversation with the Blues” by Paul Oliver. Earnest’s father taught him bass guitar at the early age of five, and when Earnest turned eight, he began playing in his fathers band, “Earnest Roy and the Clarksdale Rockers”, who's members included Big Jack Johnson, C.V. Ville, and Raymond Hill.

At age eleven, Earnest Jr. began playing lead guitar. Earnest Jr. formed his first band, First Choice, at age fourteen. It was at this time that he began playing blues and jazz music that developed into his own style, “Bluejazz”. The national exposure of First Choice led to an offer as a regular performer on Soul Train. At the time, however, the fourteen year old decided to finish high school. At seventeen, Earnest moved to Dayton, Ohio and joined a band called, Black Satin Soul.

In 1989, Jim O’Neal , the president and C.E.O. of Rooster Blues Records signed Earnest “Guitar” Roy to the Rooster Blues label and released a single called “Too Many Women And I Wanna Know What My Little Girl’s Been Doing”. The song was written in a San Diego hotel room while touring and playing backup guitar for the late blues great, Albert King.

From 1993 to 2001, Earnest played for the international televangelist and pastor, Rod Parsley, whose breakthrough ministry aired on 320 nations around the world. In 2001, Earnest “Guitar” Roy returned to his blues roots when he began touring and appearing at blues and jazz festivals with the blues legend, Sam Carr. Earnest also toured Australia in cities such as Sydney, Adelaide, Melbourne, Byron Bay, and Brisbane to name a few. While in the U.S., Earnest played at The House Of Blues in Orlando, Fl. with Joe Turner.

Earnest’s other credits include playing drums on Big Jack Johnson’s first album “Oil Man”, and playing lead guitar and drums on Frank Frost’s “Midnight Prowler” album (Earnest has writing credit for the song "Earnest’s Groove"). The song appeared on the Earwig Music Label.

Bob Eagle, an Australian Blues Historian, said, “Earnest plays lovely, thoughtful original solos. Earnest is not another B.B. or Albert King, but is one of the few original voices on guitar. He has a happy knack of writing good songs and performing them convincingly.”

Earnest currently resides in Columbus, Ohio and has formed his own band, picking up where his father left off. He has inherited his fathers band name: “Earnest Guitar Roy and the Clarksdale Rockers”.


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Len Damico

Bridging tradition with unique style ... Catch this Ride!
A truely unique CD ... If Earnest Roy music doesn't get you off your chair to dance with your honey ... You'd better check your pulse.
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Len Damico

Bridging tradition with unique style ... Catch this Ride!
A truely unique CD ... If Earnest Roy music doesn't get you off your chair to dance with your honey ... You'd better check your pulse.
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Gene Tomko

Modern electric Delta blues from one of Clarksdale's most talented guitarists.
Mississippi bluesman Earnest "Guitar" Roy's much-awaited CD debut showcases why he is considered by many to be one of the finest blues guitarists to come out of the Mississippi Delta in quite some time. Although "Ain't Goin' Down..." satisfyingly delivers some of the driving, juke-joint electric blues you would hope to hear from someone with his impressive credentials and reputation, Roy also mixes in a few jazz-inflected instrumental workouts as well as some modern funk along the way. Roy's vocals are solid and assured, and the production value is first rate. Fans of both contemporary and traditional Mississippi electric blues need to add this disc to their collection.
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Gary W. Miller

Earnest "guitar" Roy has returned to MS and is making great music.
. There is some great guitar work on this CD, and the nicest touch is his choice of material. It includes a little of everything that will please the Blues fan in all of us. From Roosevelt Sykes, “44 Blues” to simple public domain tunes like “After Hours” and “Steel Guitar Rag”, Roy gets the guitar involved with a real swagger and confidence that is not a staple fact among Delta players today.
His guitar work is spectacular and real, with an edge that con only be called “Razor”. Earnest wrote most all of the material for this CD. It is not surprising that he lends so much soulful feeling to his work.

This CD was recorded with various musicians in Ohio and Kentucky and Clarksdale, but it seems to emanate from deep in the Delta. It’s not a fancy studio thing; it IS a fancy Blues thang. There is some real soulful feeling here with “I Ain’t Goin Down That Road by Myself”. “Steel Guitar Rag”, which I kinda grew up with, surprised me, but this version is how it must have been played originally. It’s just simpler and has the right feel to it.
A great CD, and it's the Real Thing!
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Lisa DeRenard

Outrageously Good Mississippi Bluesman
This is a must have for your blues collection. Earnest Guitar Roy a genuine Mississippi bluesman (the real deal). Both his unique guitar signature and piano signatures are on this CD so it is a double treasure trove. I listen to this CD all the time, so many songs on this CD have become my favorites. The arrangement on You Better Leave Me Alone, especially the drums is recklessly primal, so outrageously good it will make you cringe. Yet there is enough diversity of style on the entire collection to please everyone.
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Terry Buckalew

Great solo debut from longtime Delta bluesman
Earnest Roy's solo debut is a breath of fresh air in the blues market. This lp alternates excellent vocal tracks and well-crafted instrumentals. Roy is a first-rate guitarist, bassist, and drummer who deserves an audience from blues and roots music fans.
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