Fenton Robinson, Somebody Loan Me a Dime

John Morthland

By John Morthland

on 07.27.11 in Reviews
Arguably the biggest sleeper in Alligator’s catalog

This is arguably the biggest sleeper in Alligator’s catalog. Robinson was a hard-luck journeyman when he swung these sweet, sophisticated blues, several of which he’d cut earlier but not as well. That includes the title track, already made semi-famous by Boz Scaggs’s feverish extended jam with Duane Allman; Robinson’s mellow vocals and guitar lines that jab and flow effortlessly return it to its original owner. His jazzy guitar is a seasoned extension of B.B. King’s style while his vocals pour on the pathos.