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West Texas bluesman Long John Hunter plays even more guitar than usual on Swinging From the Rafters (Alligator), and that’s a lot of guitar. Hunter represents the party-down end of the blues spectrum; he’s gotta poke fun at himself even when he’s ostensibly down-and-out, as on “I’m Broke.” With a sure band for support and his blazing fretwork shooting off sparks behind and between his crawling-under-your-skin vocals, Long John simply gets in the groove and lets the good times roll… . Country Pedigree (Alcazar) is the first solo album by LeRoy Preston, the principal songwriter (and one of the lead singers) for Asleep at the Wheel in the seventies. Moving on quivering melodies between barroom and bedroom—with lots of highway in between—Preston’s songs can

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