"When I saw Troy Turner perform live, the first time he opened his mouth I was thunderstruck. Here's this kid in a hat with the voice of someone twice his age. But he's lived the blues life, so when he delivers a song he's believable from the first note. You just don't expect to hear a voice with such a deep feel for the blues from someone as young as Troy, but he is the total package."
—Art Tipaldi, Blues Revue
Barely 30 years old, armed with a remarkably rich, seasoned voice and a sizzling guitar sound, Troy Turner is not just another prodigy from the Stevie Ray Vaughan school of Texas blues. While his chops are powerful, Turner's compositions are tight, focused, and credible. With Blues on my Back, his first release on Telarc, Turner has finally come into his unassailable own.
The instrumental opening track, "Hide Away," is a passionate blend of blues and rock set to a rumbling, rolling gait. "Black Cat Bone" offers a heady rush of lyrical, muscular guitar, while "Protection" is full-tilt roots-boogie, and "Lonely Café" is a fiery blues epiphany.
Turner succeeds so well with these tunes because the blues is part of his birthright. Born in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, Turner toured and spent time with Kenny Neal and his family. He also hung out with such legendary local musicians as Tabby Thomas, Buddy Guy, Henry Gray, and Raful Neal. Turner was "discovered" as a youngster and released two critically acclaimed albums on Kingsnake. Soon he was sharing the stage with B.B. King and Stevie Ray Vaughan.
For ten dizzying years on the road, Turner suffered a rough and tumble existence, eventually succumbing to the various temptations. Several songs on this disc reflect that—sometimes dark ("Poison the Well") and occasionally showing signs of hope ("It's Harder Now" and "World Without Fear").
Troy Turner has emerged at the beginning of a great creative period, a talented young musician interested in stretching the boundaries of the blues while addressing the world's larger social concerns. With the release of Blues on my Back, Turner's future is assured.