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Live At Buddy Guys Legends

by Ray Fuller and the Bluesrockers

Rockin slide guitar blues full of fire and energy, straight from the stage of the world famous Buddy Guys Legends! Ray Fuller and the Bluesrockers "LIVE at Buddy Guys Legends" will keep you jumpin from beginning to end!
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Wild About You Baby (Live)
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2. Rock N Roll Cowboy (Live)
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3. Boom Boom (Live)
7:28 $0.99
4. Love And Alcohol (Live)
7:55 $0.99
5. Bayou Blue (Live)
5:02 $0.99
6. Walkin' Shoes (Live)
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7. So Many Roads (Live)
8:43 $0.99
8. Take Out Some Insurance On Me Baby (Live)
5:37 $0.99
9. Rockinitus (Live)
6:07 $0.99
10. Feelin' Evil (Live)
7:20 $0.99
11. Sally Mae (Live)
5:53 $0.99
12. I Wouldn't Lay My Guitar Down (Live)
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Album Notes
"Sounds like Elmore James and "Hound Dog" Taylor tempered with the rowdiness of George Thorogood."
-Guitar Player Magazine

Bare knuckles barrelhouse blues are the bedrock of the genre and it is the rare artist who can bring the power with critical authenticity and personal expression. Enter veteran Ohio bluesman Ray Fuller and his perfectly named Bluesrockers. Performing, touring and recording professionally since 1974, the hard rocking singer, songwriter and guitarist has paid the bona fide dues and gained the priceless experience to arrive as a legend in his own right with a new roof-raising live album.

With Keith Blair (keyboards), Glen “Manny” Manuel (bass), Mark Ward (drums) and guest Richard “Doc” Malone (harmonica), Fuller shakes the joint with six originals and six select covers. Elmore James’ shuffling “Wild About You, Baby” shows his string-melting slide and distinctive voice as tangy as barbeque sauce. The original thumping boogie shuffle “Rock N Roll Cowboy” contains the lusty lyrics “Put one leg up, one leg down, set your tail in the saddle, honey, take it around,” pumping piano and honking harp while the “cowboy” wrings clanging riffs from his axe. The Hooker classic “Boom Boom” reeks musical malevolence in an extended version that finds Fuller and Malone playing like their hair is on fire. On the original, creeping “Love and Alcohol” referencing the menacing “I’m a Man” riff, Fuller convincingly intones “I’m gonna tell you boys a story, I want you to heed the call (2x). Yeah, just like oil and water, you can’t mix love and alcohol” with Blair and Malone instrumentally assenting as the guitarist punishes his strings.

The original “Bayou Blue” is a lowdown, swampy tale about a “…black-haired, Creole lady, Marie Antoine is her name, mojo hand, black cat bone, voodoo secrets are her game,” the hypnotic groove lingering long after the track ends. “Walkin’ Shoes” boogies at a breathless tempo, Fuller declaring “Well, I ain’t got nothing to say to you, baby, so honey don’t ask me why. All I want to do is walk all night, wake up looking up at the sky” with Malone flying on the organ and the guitarist sliding like a demon. The Otis Rush slow blues classic “So Many Roads” is the cathartic centerpiece with everyone digging deep and Fuller baring extraordinary musical expression. “Take Out Some Insurance, Baby,” notably covered by Jimmy Reed, struts the boogie while Fuller makes the thinly veiled threat of the lyrics seem as real as his raw-edged solo.

Billy Boy Arnold’s “Rockinitus” jumps the classic one chord rumba rhythm as Fuller and the band push the intensity level off the charts. The original slow blues “Feelin’ Evil” makes its point through Fuller’s razor slide even before he sings ominously “I never really felt the blues till my baby had a back door man…gonna sharpen up my knife, gonna oil up my gun,” the dynamics of volume contributing to the drama. A heavy Bo Diddley beat underpins the original “Sallie Mae” where Fuller sings two parts: “Caught you runnin’ around at midnight. Don’t worry daddy, it’s alright. Lay on your back and earn ten times as much,” his guitar barking out appropriately raunchy riffs over the throbbing groove. Eddie Clearwater’s rock ‘n’ rollin’ “I Wouldn’t Lay My Guitar Down” closes the show with uplifting energy and the defiant lyric “Well, baby, she left me, I wouldn’t lay my guitar down” that should be the motto of all bluesmen.

Ray Fuller plays the real deal blues that have to be lived, not learned. Using his triple-threat talents in the service of a lasting aesthetic statement, he has created a musical experience to be enjoyed and savored whenever a heavy dose of musical sustenance is required.
-Dave Rubin, KBA recipient in Journalism

Ray Fuller, from New Albany Ohio, was given his first guitar at the age of 8; a Gibson Melody Maker. Inspired by the British Invasion - Rolling Stones, Yardbirds and The Animals - Fuller's first blues album was John Mayall and the Blues Breakers featuring Eric Clapton. “I could tell good blues guitar when I heard it…it was different,” says Fuller. His passion for the blues was fueled with the discovery of the original Blues Greats; John Lee Hooker, Muddy Waters, B.B. King and Elmore James.

The Ray Fuller Band was formed in 1974, evolving into Ray Fuller and the Bluesrockers in '78; releasing a self-titled album on vinyl. Mastering his craft throughout the 80’s and 90’s, Fuller was quick to become the “go to act” throughout Ohio to open for iconic blues musicians such as Muddy Waters, John Lee Hooker, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Buddy Guy, Junior Wells and Albert Collins, to name just a few.

Muddy Waters, after witnessing an opening act performance by Ray Fuller on slide guitar, exclaimed for all to hear "That was some hot slide boy! I could smell the smoke backstage!" John Lee Hooker was so impressed with the band and their performance, he invited Fuller to be his special guest at his next show 100 miles away! These opportunities to hang out and learn at the feet of the masters were not wasted on young Fuller. He paid close attention to every pearl of wisdom and every nasty riff and blues lick generously shown to him.

In 1989 Fuller began touring as far west as Colorado, south to Florida and north to Michigan and New York. He also released “Damn Guitars” in 1989, which was quick to become a top seller for Rounder Records; followed by “Ray Fuller and the Bluesrockers Live” in '92. Touring paused with a divorce in '95, which inspired many great songs, still receiving airplay today. Fuller went on to release “Pearlene” in '97; Twist of Fate in '99 and in 2003 “Live Rockin’ the Blues.” In 2010, Fuller played his first overseas show at the Vodacom Ampitheatre in Port Elizabeth South Africa, donating all proceeds to a local South African friend/fellow musician, whose daughter was fighting a life-threatening illness.

Under new management and life partnership in 2010, Fuller began focusing on his passion for slide guitar, playing his own style which has been compared to and inspired by Elmore James, "Hound Dog" Taylor and Earl Hooker (cousin of John Lee). Fuller found himself in demand with renewed focus on his unique style of “Rockin’ Slide Guitar Blues,” playing major blues festivals in both US and Canada. In January 2013, Ray Fuller signed with Blue Gate Media, Germany, to tour Europe.

Coming full circle from being a young musician/painter straight out of Columbus College of Art & Design to opening up for Buddy Guy, Fuller is now a Saturday night headliner at the world famous Buddy Guy’s Legends. And that's where on April 27, 2013 Fuller had the honor and rare privilege of recording Ray Fuller and the Bluesrockers' “Live at Buddy Guy’s Legends” with Mr. Buddy Guy in attendance. Ray Fuller’s immediate focus is bringing his unique “Rockin’ Slide Guitar Blues” to blues festivals and major blues venues throughout USA, Canada, Europe and beyond.

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