Lowell Fulson, Classic Cuts 1946-1953

Michaelangelo Matos

By Michaelangelo Matos

on 04.22.11 in Reviews
This collects documents the winning streak of an impossible-to-nail-down bluesman

You can't nail Lowell Fulson down in a line or two. He was a bluesman who recorded for countless labels, and he hit a winning streak not long into his career: "Three O'Clock Blues," a later standard for B.B. King, "Every Day I Have the Blues," and his sole R&B No. 1, "Blue Shadows." Interestingly, given Fulson's well-deserved rep with a guitar, he elects to sing this one over baleful late-night piano, sax, bass and drum, and with a dry throat he more than sells the heartbreak: "If you got a good woman/You better take my advice/Always treat her like an angel/Keep her home at any price."