Roy Gaines – Heavy Load

Roy Gaines - Heavy Load

Today’s record is one which I’ve wanted to being you for a very long time, however I’ve been unable to as it was only very recently that I’d been able to source a copy! This is a track that has featured very high on my wants list for quite a while and so I’m delighted to be able to finally share it with y’all.

Roy Gaines is best known for being a blues guitarist who was a protégé of T-Bone Walker – a guy who Gaines massively looked up to. Born in Texas, Gaines moved to Houston at a young age where he showed a lot of promise as a piano player before switching to the guitar. At 14 he was invited to play live on stage alongside the aforementioned T-Bone Walker and from there he was able to perform on recordings by Bobby Bland, Junior Walker & Big Mama Thornton. 1966 saw him join Ray Charles backing band and this also afforded him work alongside a variety of Motown legends including Stevie Wonder, The Supremes and Gladys Knight.

I first played this record “in public” on Friday night’s Soul Party! radio show (which you can incidentally listen to again if you missed it live http://livestream.com/belfastunderground/tv/videos/103401397 ). So what does Heavy Load sound like? Well it’s a slice of heavy funk, with some swirling organ and as you might expect some great guitar work and quite breaks-heavy drums. This is certainly one that has escaped the attention of a lot of funk collectors out there. Enjoy!!

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