X Frank Frost’s two recent CDs are time machines, transporting you to a hot, sweaty night in a Mississippi Delta juke joint. Frost is a true Mississippi Delta bluesman. Throughout his career playing with the Jelly Roll Kings, and later on his own, he has largely stayed in the Delta and his music is true to its roots.
Jelly Roll Blues, on Paula, is a re-release of a classic session produced by Scotty Moore in the late 1960s or ’70s (the liner notes are woefully uninformative). These are straight, old-time, electrified blues sparkling with Frost’s soulful singing and harp playing.
Keep Yourself Together, on Evidence, is all new material regrouping two-thirds of the Jelly Roll Kings trio, with Sam Carr, on drums, and adding Fred James, on guitar. The sound is excellent – a big, live tone – and Frost has not been slowed by the years.
If you want to hear today’s Delta blues, Frank Frost is the place to begin.
This article originally appeared in VG‘s Sep. ’96 issue. All copyrights are by the author and Vintage Guitar magazine. Unauthorized replication or use is strictly prohibited.