Little Milton is a stone-cold legend of black music. He’s called a blues singer and guitarist, but has always seemed to be more. Here, a bit older and longer of tooth, we get a good picture of his talent and versatility.
Cuts like “I’ll Be” feature the mix of Southern soul and blues that have always marked his best music. And his heartfelt solo with some beautiful bends is what this kind of playing is all about. The same could be said of “Think of Me (Thinking of You).” The sliding fifths and soulful guitar match the songs lyric and singing. The voice is a little weaker, but that world weariness just serves to help inform the lyrics of most of these songs. “Gone With the Wind” is the kind of soul stomper that’s guaranteed to get the folks jumpin’ when the bus stops at the local juke joint. “Let Your Love Rain Down on Me” is that perfect Southern song. A bit of gospel mixed with a bit of the blues, mixed with a little bit of soul. Mix it all together and you’ve got a musical stew that’s as tasty as it gets. Milton wrote a lot of these songs with various members of the band and producer Jon Tiven. Tiven’s production and help are perfect. He’s always there, but he never gets in the way and lets Milton be the star. And Milton’s playing and singing are as tasty as they were in the 1950s and ’60s. A nice comeback from a fella we should have heard more from the past few years.
This article originally appeared in VG‘s July ’05 issue. All copyrights are by the author and Vintage Guitar magazine. Unauthorized replication or use is strictly prohibited.