Reviewed March 2001
Double Trouble
Been A Long Time
Tone-Cool Records, TC 34047-1180-2
photo by: Andrew Yates

Cry Sky; Turn Towards the Mirror; Say One Thing; Rock and Roll; Skyscraper; In the Middle of
the Night; She's All Right; Groundhog Day; In the Garden; Baby, There's No One Like You

When you hear the name Double Trouble, most immediately think of the rhythm section for
Stevie Ray Vaughan. But since the passing of Stevie, Double Trouble have backed several
other artists. Notable would be Debbie Davies, and the album "Tales From The Austin Motel."
The main thing is, this is an incredible release. Double Trouble's Tommy Shannon & Chris
Layton backing guitarists Doyle Bramhall II, Jimmie Vaughan, Eric Johnson, Kenny Wayne
Shepherd, Susan Tedeschi, and Willie Nelson; keys handled by Reese Wynans, Charlie Sexton,
& Dr. John; vocalists like many of the above and more: Jonny Lang & Lou Ann Barton. Lesser
known but not lesser vocalist Malford Milligan, guitarists Van Wilks, Denny Freeman and Gordie
Johnson. A veritable who's who of blues and musicians.
Shannon and Layton co-wrote five of the eleven tunes on this release, and covers of tunes by
Muddy Waters, Johnny 'Guitar' Watson and Led Zeppelin appear.
I certainly like this type of release. A killer rhythm section, different guitarists and vocalists
throughout, different influences abound. Susan Tedeschi rockin' hard on Zeppelin's "Rock and
Roll," Lou Ann Barton's soft and sexy voice with Jimmie Vaughan's guitar tone and vocals on "In
The Middle Of The Night." Doyle Bramhall II's crying guitar on "Say One Thing." Rock solid bass
& skins all the way through. Blues at its finest.
"In making this record, we would like to extend our deepest heartfelt love and gratitude to our
dearest friend, Stevie Ray Vaughan, who has been, and always will be, a continuing source of
inspiration. He was our mentor, our friend, and our brother. We miss him. …… We hope you
enjoy listening to it as much as we enjoyed making it." Double Trouble
You will.
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