This meeting of the masters involves Steve Miller Band vet Norton Buffalo and producer/slide guitar wiz Roy Rogers.

This meeting of the masters involves Steve Miller Band vet Norton Buffalo and producer/slide guitar wiz Roy Rogers. Both artists are very much in sympathy with blues music, though the 13 original tracks that comprise this CD aren't limited by any obvious stylistic parameters. "Requiem," "Don't Throw Your Changes on Me," and "Highway Bound" are cookin' tunes coming from a progressive blues vibe, but beyond these tracks, modern and traditional folk styles play a major role in the collective thinking. The exceedingly mellow "If I Were King" and "Long Hard Road" have a timeless folk quality reinforced by Buffalo's vocals. "Under the Rug," a very cool acoustic number highlighted by some of Rogers' agile fretwork, could rock convincingly in a different setting. The solitude of the harmonica and guitar is particularly haunting in the most ear-catching instrumental on the album, "Ritmo de las Almas."—PVV

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