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Lazy Lester. Antone's.

Amazingly rust-free, this affable swamp-blues institution has been working the groove since the late '50s. Born Leslie Johnson, the Louisianabred Lester may be lazy, but he never seems tired on his irresistible new album: The slurred vocals and expressive harmonica boast a good-humored immediacy that perkier players only dream about. Shaped by jagged funk tiffs, "I'm Your Breadmaker, Baby" delivers a sleazy come-on, while the leisurely "I'm Gonna Miss You (Like the Devil)" dismisses heartbreak as Lester murmurs, "These things I'll overcome." The supporting players, including Jimmie Vaughan (Stevie Ray's bro) on spiky lead guitar, sound like they could rock all night. At this rate, Lester himself may just boogie forever, which would be a fine thing indeed.

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Publication:Mother Jones
Article Type:Sound Recording Review
Date:Jan 1, 2002
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