You can't separate "rock" and "country" music anymore. Want to hear the new Duane Allman or
Eric Clapton? Get Lee Roy Parnell's new CD, "Tell The Truth," on Vanguard Records.
Speaking of rock's heritage, Lee Roy sings a killer duet with Bonnie Bramlett of "Delaney and
To "Tell The Truth" (title cut), I first saw the guitarist on The Nashville Network performing
"Statesboro Blues." His slide work blew me away. The same way that Hank Williams Jr. did
when I saw him perform on television doing Jimmy Reed's "Baby What You Want Me To Do."
As Johnny Winter says, "Rock, country and blues are all closely related -- cousins, if you will."
A major country star with a handful of top ten singles, Lee Roy also enjoyed a career
as a top session guitarist. But he chafed at the restrictions of Nashville.
So he cut loose, giving up his major label affiliation to go independent and produce
Both Delbert McClinton and Lee Roy Parnell (who duet on "South By Southwest") make music
that straddles genres. This album cooks up a stew that mixes heartbreak Southern soul ("Breaking Down Slow"), Texas roadhouse stomp
("South By Southwest"), gospel ("Brand New Feeling"), rock ("Right Where It Hurts"),
and country ("Love's Been Rough On Me"). Nine out of the ten tunes were written by Lee Roy.
If you lust after Southern rock guitar at its best, buy this CD.