Long Black Train

Ray Fuller and the Bluesrockers

Azuretone Records 2016

Review by David Bowling


If you like your blues basic and a little raucous, then Ray Fuller and His Bluesrockers have got an album for you.

Fuller received his first guitar at the age of eight and formed his first band in 1978. Ray Fuller and the Bluesrockers were born four years later. They quickly established themselves as an Ohio blues force and opened for such artists as Muddy Waters, John Lee Hooker, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Buddy Guy, Junior Wells, and Albert Collins.

Fuller is now over four decades into his career. He has developed into one of the best blues slide guitarists in the world. He reaches back to a traditional blues foundation but builds modern rhythms into a unique sound.

He writes most of his own material and “Devil’s Den,” “Voodoo Mama,” “Pipeline Blues,” “New Tatoo,” and “Evil On Your Mind” have titles that ooze the blues. Backed by his basic band of bassist Myke Rock, drummer Darrell Jumper, and harmonica player Doc Malone; he not only plays the blues but bludgeon’s them into submission.

So, back to the opening question; if you like your blues high energy and in your face; then grab a copy of Long Black Train and hold on.

Rating: ***1/2