Welcome to Review Revue, where every Thursday I dig through the KEXP stacks to share DJ reviews and comments written on the covers of LPs (and occasionally CDs) in the ’80s and ’90s, when the station was called KCMU, the DJs were volunteers, and people shared their opinions on little white labels instead of the internet.
When I was last flipping through the local section of KEXP's record stacks, I was surprised to see a cluster of albums by blues-rock guitar legend Robert Cray. At first, I figured someone had confused the local section with the blues section, and then I read the stickers. Turns out ol' Robert went to high school in Tacoma. I don't know how long he lived there, but long enough to be considered "regional" when his band's second album, False Accusations, came out. You know, his next tour starts in Oregon and ends in BC, so I have a sneaking suspicion he still lives in this general area. If you catch him out on the road, tell him hello from KEXP (he might remember us as KCMU).
"Regional R+B. This guy gets up in the Seattle area now and again."
"This is a great LP. Granted, it may not fit in w/Skinny Puppy, L.P. Dots & jangly retro-guitar twang but geez! Er . . . Jeez! This is hot nonetheless. A tad slickoid tho'."
"Spin this stuff. In my opinion Blues is just as alternative as all the other stuff we play. Besides this is generating some chart action in the U.K."
"At the Moore Theatre on Friday, Jan 9th for 2 Shows. 8:00 - Show sold out. 11:00 - Tickets still available." [I guess he did get up in the Seattle area now and again, huh?]