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Troy Turner, the Louisiana born singer and guitarist is often mistaken for BB King or Buddy Guy--not too shabby for a kid who grew up loving those two idols of his. His new CD, "Whole Lotta Blues", reveals that he's got a little of both BB and Buddy in him--and then some.
His fourth album is a celebration of his exuberant guitar prowess, his scorchingly soulful vocals and his writing chops. His reputation as "the real deal" is well deserved - witness the presence of an awesome cast of heavy weight support, including Hubert Sumlin, Howard Tate, Steve Cropper, Bonnie Bramlett and rockers Brian May (of Queen)and Simon Kirke (of Bad Company).
Starting out as a child prodigy in Baton Rouge, guitarist Troy Turner has traveled the world playing the blues while escaping the attention that is often lavished on less-talented musicians.
Troy Turner got his taste of the blues first-hand. The anguish you hear in every note he plays is not something he copped from somebody else's style. It comes from the pain of growing up next to poverty and abuse, being weaned on the gospel music of your parents and knowing your only hope for redemption is your music.
His previous studio recordings were on the Kingsnake and Telarc labels, with the last release more than ten years old. Right from the start, Turner shows that he has retained his distinctive guitar style and an expressive singing voice that was nurtured at a young age in the church choir.
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