Greg 'Fingers' Taylor
Caribbean rocker Jimmy Buffett's longtime harp player, Fingers Taylor, turns in a straight-ahead set of electric blues on this solo outing, joined by ace guitarist Anson Funderburgh.
As a harmonica player, Taylor has a deep, throaty sound that is well-suited to the blues. As a singer, well, his voice bears more than a passing resemblance to Buffett's nasal tenor, which isn't at all bad. Stylistically, he also sings much like Buffett might if he were a blues singer.
Taylor is apparently no composer; all the songs here are covers. Although few are well-known, all are strong. Not all are necessarily blues compositions, either, but Taylor's arrangements make each into a blues piece.
The music is bar-room blues: aggressive and energetic. The band is tight and everyone gets plenty of solos, including Funderburgh, who turns in several gems.
The combination of Taylor's Buffett-influenced vocals and the generally festive mood throughout makes this release a spiritual meeting ground between the blues and Buffett's so-called parrot music – Caribbean blues, perhaps? ~ Jim Trageser, Blues Revue
Greg Taylor was born in Wichita, Kansas, on June 3, 1951. Taylor's nickname "Fingers" was given to him in 1969 by John "Johnny Rock" Buffaloe (so nicknamed by Taylor) during their time in The Buttermilk Blues Band in Jackson, Mississippi. At the time, Taylor played keyboards for the band, hence the nickname "Fingers." Taylor began playing harmonica during his time in the BBB. He is now reportedly retired as a result of Alzheimer’s disease. ~ Wikipedia
Greg 'Fingers' Taylor - Harp & vocals, background vocals on 3
Anson Funderburgh - Guitar except on 6, 8, 9
Tim Krekel - Guitar, background vocals on 1, 3, 8
Fred James - Guitar on 2, 8, background vocals on 3, 5, congas on 5
Jay Spell - Piano
Bob Kommersmith - Bass on 1, 2, 4, 6, 7, 8
David James - Bass on 3, 5, 9, 10, 11, 12
Wes Starr - Drums except on 5, 9, 10
Brian Barnett - Drums on 5, 9, 10
Jim Hoke - Saxes
Mary-Ann Brandon - Background vocals on 1, 3, 8
1.Extra Mile 4:55
2.Shim Sham Shimmy 3:25
3.Cave Man Rock 3:07
4.I'm Tired 3:58
5.New Fingerprints 5:20
6.Real Good Time 4:18
7.Two Headed Woman 4:08
8.Standing At The Crossroads Again 3:28
9.Old Habits 4:02
10.Waiting On Ice 3:56
11.Little Girl 4:07
12.Pork Juice 4:46