Hound Dog Taylor, Hound Dog Taylor and the Houserockers

John Morthland

By John Morthland

on 07.27.11 in Reviews
Taylor can make you believe in the blues

The slide guitarist’s trio (second guitarist, drums) was banging heads against South Side club walls when the call came from Iglauer, and tunes like “Taylor’s Rock” — relentless, sweaty, metallic, undisciplined and utterly irresistible — somehow managed to catch the same kind of excitement in the studio. Even the slow tunes, which couldn’t have been more precarious, hung together just long enough to unleash their own kind of drama. There’s more to the best blues than just this, but Taylor can make you a believer.