"Old School Blue Blues"
Wheeling native Billy Cox was "one of two people to stand to the left of Jimi Hendrix onstage." In other words, he was Hendrix's longest-running bassist, playing with the legend before and after The Jimi Hendrix Experience.
Those who saw Cox's induction into the West Virginia Music Hall of Fame last October got a preview of his new CD's first track, "Rockin' And Rollin' On." It's a Hendrix-inspired rocker in which Cox reminds us "age is a number and a state of mind."
While there's no shortage of easy-going "old school" blues, there's also the minor-keyed "Woke Up With That," the easy funk of "Train Stops Here" and the Barry White-meets-Isaac Hayes sounds of "The Magic of Dance." "The Last Gypsy Standing" is a wah-wah-powered rocker that tells Cox's musical story.
Who knew Cox had such a nice voice? His smooth, easy croon, in the vein of bluesmen like Little Milton, effectively ties the whole disc together.