When former Doors keyboardist Ray Manzarek and lauded producer and slide-guitarist Roy Rogers team up, itâ€™s hard not to have heady expectations for their output.
On Translucent Blues, an occasionally whimsical, often hard-hitting creation, these two musical warriors amply demonstrate the chops that brought them to prominence. From the beatnik lounge vibe of â€œKickâ€ and the environmentally timely groove of â€œGreenhouse Blues,â€ to the raunchy drive of â€œThose Hits Just Keep on Cominâ€™â€ and the loose-limbed, horn-sweetened shuffle of â€œAn Organ, A Guitar and a Chicken Wing,â€ theirÂ collaborations roll deftly on the wheels of blues, jazz and inspired songwriting to get to a sweet and low-down place on the other side of American consciousness.
Translucent BluesÂ gets better with every spin.
Translucent Blues is out now on Blind Pig Records.