Benny Turner

Benny Turner – When She’s Gone
Format: CD / Label: Nola Blue Records
Releasedatum: 14 februari 2016

Tekst: Iain Patience

This is an excellent album, packed with real quality musicianship, vocals, material and soulful feeling. Benny Turner is not just another bluesman but the brother of the late, legendary Freddie King. With this guy, we have a true bluesman, brought up in the tradition from a family that was positively steeped in the blues. The fourth release from Texan, Turner, the ten tracks here include sure-fired soulful vocals and quality bass from Turner with some subtle support from Muddy’s old guitar support sideman player Bob Margolin. Dr John even puts in a rare appearance on rhythm guitar on one track. Margolin displays his sheer quality and experience with a wonderful slide-based take on Bill Withers’ hit standard Ain’t No Sunshine, turning it on its head in places. For the past fifty or so years, Turner has been happy to skip the spotlights, working as bandleader for the former widely acclaimed Blues Queen of New Orleans, Marva Wright, (one track, Pity On This Lovesick Fool, features a duet recorded before she passed), and shoring up countless big-name players including a decade or so on bass, performing and touring with his late, elder brother Freddie King.

Soul-blues music at its near best, ‘When She’s Gone’ showcases a master at the top of his game.

Tracks:
01. I Can’t Leave
02. Pity On This Lovesick Fool
03. Because Of You
04. Ain’t No Sunshine
05. So Deep
06. If I Can’t Have You
07. Have You Ever Been So Lonesome
08. Reconsider Baby
09. That’s Alright – I’ll Get Over You
10. Black Night

Website: Benny Turner