Earl King, An Introduction To Earl King

John Morthland

By John Morthland

on 04.22.11 in Reviews
One of New Orleans’ finest blues guitarists, collected.

Though New Orleans is known primarily for pianists, Earl King stood out as a guitarist — and songwriter. His guitar work a chunkier cross between Guitar Slim and Texans like Gatemouth Brown, King cut many of these sides in the early '70s with the Meters behind him and Allen Toussaint behind the board; those ones also appear on Fuel's Street Parade. Among eMusic-available albums, however, this gets the nod for including a handful of early-'60s classics like “Those Lonely, Lonely Nights” and “Let the Good Times Roll.”