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Watch Your Back

Guitar ShortyAudio CD
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)

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"Blistering, modern blues-rock, bristles with galvanizing guitar and forceful vocals." –BILLBOARD

Legendary guitarist/vocalist Guitar Shorty is a giant in the blues world. Credited with influencing both Jimi Hendrix and Buddy Guy, Guitar Shorty has been electrifying audiences for five decades with his supercharged live shows and his incendiary recordings. Like a bare ... Read more in Amazon's Guitar Shorty Store

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  • Audio CD (April 27, 2004)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Alligator Records
  • ASIN: B0001XAMTA
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #132,156 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Houston-born blues showman Guitar Shorty, who once taught his young brother-in-law Jimi Hendrix a few stage tricks, has been on the scene since 1957, blasting out rocking blues with over-the-top enthusiasm. His recording career, highlighted by a trio of fine Black Top releases in the '90s, has been unfortunately limited, but Watch Your Back might finally put him in the spotlight. Much of the material, except for muscular reworkings of Van Morrison's "I've Been Working" and the recently discofied Elvis hit "A Little Less Conversation," comes from his producer and pianist Jesse Harms, and it effectively showcases Shorty's aggressive approach: a big sound short on subtlety but permeated with passionate vocals and searing guitar work. He simply overpowers the songs with his energy, and you can either go with the flow or get swept aside by its immediacy. The music is uniformly loud and in your face, just as you would expect from such an extroverted entertainer, and, more often than not, its sheer intensity overcomes any musical shortcomings. --Michael Point

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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
Format:Audio CD
Born David William Kearney in 1939, Texan Guitar Shorty first recorded in 1957, yet this is only the 6th album for Jimi Hendrix's former brother-in-law (well, he married Hendrix's stepsister).

Kearney's career has had its shares of highs and lows (and sometimes the lows were very low, too), but since he was picked up by JSP in 1990 he has delivered a handful of albums which rank from good to great, and this is one of the best ones.
"Watch Your Back" is a really tough record...Shorty's fiery, fat-toned guitar playing is not unlike Stevie Ray Vaughan's, and he delivers these ten songs with utter conviction. There is nothing here as instantly memorable as the best work of Muddy Waters or Howlin' Wolf, sure, but that's pretty much a given, I suppose, and there are a lot of really good songs here even without an obvious replacement for "Hoochie Coochie Man".

Opening with one of the best ones, the gruff, muscular "Old School", "Watch Your Back" is excellently produced by Shorty's pianist Jesse Harms (formerly of REO Speedwagon). No frills, no gloss and glitter, just forty minutes of rowdy, smouldering blues, and Shorty rips into each blazing song, slow grind or up-tempo boogie, with equal enthusiasm.
Highlights include "I'm Gonna Leave You", an intense slow blues, the gritty swagger of "It Ain't The Fall That Kills You", the funky "What She Don't Know", a tough-as-nails rendition of "A Little Less Conversation", the driving "Let's Get Busy", and "Let My Guitar Do The Talking", a powerful mid-tempo number with a charging Bo Diddley beat.
Fans of so-called "modern electric blues" will want a listen, and those new to David William Kearney can start here.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Guitar Shorty burns! July 20, 2004
Format:Audio CD
If you love hard electric blues, this album will blow you away. I'm a guitar player, and listening to "Watch Your Back" is like hearing a living encyclopedia of great blues licks. Guitar Shorty could play circles around guys half his age...get this album!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome Shorty September 11, 2004
Format:Audio CD
"Let My Guitar Do the Talking" is a great Guitar Shorty theme; his guitar smokes, chats, laughs a whole lot, and tells a great story of the history of rock & blues. Another great CD by this living legend. His vocals are hit and miss, but you'll buy this one for the guitar and never regret it. I recommend, however, that you skip the combo-sale with Johnny Winter above. It's JW's weakest work; he is sadly fading away. Be sure to check other Winter albums though--in fact, they're all good hard-rocking blues besides this newest one (he never could really sing well, but this one has no energy). If this is your first time to hear about Johnny Winter because you just came here for the Guitar Shorty (can't go wrong with Shorty), then check out Johnny Winter And. That's Rocking.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Watch Your Back May 24, 2006
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This is a great album. Guitar Shorty's playing style is rock solid, and his vocals are perfectly suited for his style of play. I had never heard of this man, but am I glad I "discovered" him. I play this album a couple times a week from cover to cover. It's absolutely amazing (and sad) that this man is not recognized as the great musician/guitarist that his is. Guitar Shorty had a trememdous influence on Jimi Hendrix as a young man and also was his brother-in-law. If you like blues, this man's guitar playing will have you smiling and patting yourself on the back for buying it. Just do it!
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5.0 out of 5 stars "THE STYLE OF BB" April 19, 2005
Format:Audio CD
Guitar Shorty is fabulous. His music exudes a BB King style of Blues that rips you apart. This man never got his due. The BLUES is Guitar Shorty. I dare anyone to dispute that. If you buy one Blues Album this year make sure it is this one. (...)YOU'LL BE SORRY IF YOU DON'T.
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5.0 out of 5 stars My Favorite Guitar Shorty Album May 25, 2010
Format:Audio CD
Think modern blues rock without getting to far from the source. Think influential to Jimi Hendrix. Think about going to see him live. Although I enjoy this and the other Shorty albums that I own, I've got to say that seeing him live is a joy. It's really fun to see him play his licks and know that you're seeing the source of where Jimi got some of his licks. Thanks to Shorty for still going on and allowing a new generation to see how it's done!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Watch Your back May 24, 2009
Format:Audio CD
You should see Guitar Shorty live, he blows away any of the CD's of his that I have heard.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Best Guitar Shorty disc by far May 13, 2007
Format:Audio CD
I've been a Guitar Shorty fan for more than 10 years, having seen him at the Rhythm Room in Phoenix, AZ several times. I own all of his previous CDs and this one is definitely a cut above. Shorty has become at least partially "big time" and that's a double-edged sword for me: fewer and fewer appearances at the Rhythm Room, but the best-produced discs he's ever done. I'm happy to know he's made it, it couldn't happen to a nicer guy.
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5.0 out of 5 stars LOVE Watch Your Back
Guitar Shorty is new to me and I bought this CD after hearing one song.
The entire album is a hit for me and I will be buying his other albums. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Vicki Timmons
5.0 out of 5 stars Guitar Shorty Rocks
I love this cd, Guitar Shorty can rip it up and every song has a great toe tapping quality to it. If you like the blues with some killer guitar work, get this, you won't be... Read more
Published 13 months ago by shredder1board
5.0 out of 5 stars The best GS album yet!!!!
Guitar Shorty has so much energy, his songs almost explode in your face! But on previous albums I would only find one or two songs that were keepers, great keepers, but only some. Read more
Published 13 months ago by Jim Redding
5.0 out of 5 stars Another Great Rockin' Blues recording
I got this just before seeing 'Shorty in concert - wasn't disappointed a bit. Great rockin' blues tuneage from one of the Great fathers of the Blues (and a darn fine guitiarist as... Read more
Published 21 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Killer Guitar Work
This guy can play. I like this CD a lot...but his new one, WE THE PEOPLE, is even better.
Published on May 6, 2007 by Karen Hoffmeister
5.0 out of 5 stars EXPERT BLUESMAN
Guitar Shorty has really ripped on this one. The Production is excellent and the whole Album has a casual intensity that is very appealing. Read more
Published on March 8, 2007 by Gra Frasel
Shaq takes his blues reviewing, very seriously, and I believe the fan base that is growing for my reviews, wants accurate opinions. Read more
Published on January 25, 2007 by Rick Shaq Goldstein
5.0 out of 5 stars Should have bought this much sooner
I generaly stay away from releases that ride on someones fame from a bygone era. Age diminishes their skills and a lot of the releases are done purely from memory. Read more
Published on July 9, 2006 by HANS D HARMS
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