• little beaver Joey (LP, £25.50)

    A prodigious guitarist at an early age, Willie George Hale earned the nickname "Little Beaver" from friends in family in Arkansas, remarking on his prominent teeth. Over the years Hale would make a name for himself as a reliable session guitarist, appearing on recordings by Betty Wright, Al Kooper and Blowfly, and gradually developing his own distinct, rhythmic style of blues guitar playing. As the mid-70s approached Hale would embark on his own solo career, cutting albums and singles with Florida's TK Records, working alongside famed musicians like Jaco Pastorius, Benny Latimore and Timmy Thomas. His career effectively ended in the 1980s with TK's collapse, but he would find new life in 2003 after performing on several Joss Stone albums, and his works would be sampled in hip-hop tunes by the likes of Jay-Z, Slum Village, and People Under The Stairs. Hale's solo debut (Released under the Little Beaver moniker) came in 1972 and was titled Joey. The album found minor commercial success, and set the groundwork for Hale's continuing solo career. Joey featured a variety of takes on classic blues, ranging from the bounding, shuffling chart hit "I'm Losin' The Feelin'", to the lushly orchestrated BB King-like "That's How It Is", all bolstered with Hale's exclusive take on the blues guitar sound. Songs from Joey would later be covered by Gwen McCrae and Blowfly, among others. A1. Joey A2. Give A Helping Hand A3. I'm Losin' The Feelin' A4. What The Blues Is A5. That's How It Is B1. Katie Pearl B2. Two Steps From The Blues


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