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 ). 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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