George ‘Wild Child’ Butler – Sho’ ‘Nuff (2001) [APO Remaster 2015]
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George ‘Wild Child’ Butler is one of the last original, hard-workin’ delta bluesmen. Although his career started not until the 1960s, the old times’ tradition is still clearly heard on his music. You may call it blues, you may call it southern soul, you may even call it rock ‘n’ roll, but you just can’t categorize him to any particular field. There’s just one George Butler, and then there are the others.
The list of the original Delta blues and soul artists continues to shrink and, unfortunately, George “Wild Child” Butler was scratched off this list by his untimely death in 2005. Like many of his musical colleagues with equally colorful monikers, Muddy Waters, “Sonny Boy” Williamson, and Howlin’ Wolf (to name but a few), Butler launched his career after moving to Chicago in the 1960s. The “Wild Child” made a limited number of commercial recordings, and, this 2001 Sho’ ’Nuff was his final studio effort. Great blues performers have distinctive styles and Butler certainly qualifies on this count. Butler’s unique vocals and harmonica receive great back up from guitarists Jimmy D. Lane and Jimmie Lee Robinson (on “You Had Quit Me), bassist Bob Stroger, and drummer Sam Lay.
Willie Dixon once told Wild Child Butler, “You are the moan of the suffering woman, the groan of the dying man. You ain’t nothing but the blues.”
Here’s a man who’s been heavily praised by Dixon, Muddy Waters, Howlin’ Wolf and Jimmy Rogers just to name a few; a man who those blues legends were proud to accompany. As traditional as the blues on this album are, there’s no mistaking a Wild Child tune. They can’t be played this way by anyone else – not so boisterous, not so Wild Child. His blues sometimes sound angry and raw, other times soft and country-polished.
This release offers a fine mix of Wild Child’s down-home acoustic sound, his slow, muscular blues and his up-tempo shuffle or snapping blues. As Wild Child himself said, “If you can’t dig these blues, you got a hole in your soul [to borrow from a Jimmy Rogers saying]. Talkin’ ’bout sho’ ’nuff”.
01. Open Up Baby
02. You Had Quit Me
03. I Got To Go (Sweet Daddy-O)
04. Can You Use A Man Like Me
05. Moaning Moaning
06. Slippin’ In
07. Funky Things
09. It’s All Over
11. Achin’ All Over
12. I Changed
13. Baby I Can’t Exist
George “Wild Child” Butler – vocals, harmonica
Jimmy D. Lane – guitar
Jimmie Lee Robinson – guitar
Bob Stroger – bass
Sam Lay – drums