Living Blues Magazine Reviews Bobby Murray’s: “I’m Sticking With You”

Living Blues Magazine…The disc opens with a new version of Finders Keepers, a terrific mid-tempo soul song he co-wrote and recorded with Lee for the Blind Pig label in 1994. Wiley “Red” Redding takes the tune’s vocal helm this time around—and on the Tyrone Davis–inspired Baby Needs Some Lovin’ Too and the slow blues Bad Case of the Blues—singing in a gritty low tenor not unlike that of Lee. Singers Paul Randolph and Tom Hogarth are also featured, but the strongest vocal performance is by Bob Seger associate Barbara Payton, who passionately delivers the gospel-imbued blues ballad Rock My Soul in deep, at times raspy contralto tones over Mark Thibodeau’s churchy piano chords, with Murray masterfully handling both the lead and rhythm guitar parts. He wrote all 11 tunes, including the wonderfully funky Shake It Baby, Shake It on which the groove and main guitar melody recall the 1990 Tony! Toni! Tone! R&B hit The Blues. A tightly locking rhythm section anchored by bassist Dave Uricek and drummer Renell Gonsalves provides the backing, but Murray keeps the instrumental focus throughout on his commanding, simultaneously tough and sweet guitar prowess.

—Lee Hildebrand

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