Words of Wisdom
Icehouse P2 50691
Seven of the twelve cuts are Homesick's, but his ability to put emotion into cover material such as Little Walter's "Last Night" (which features some great harp playing by Billy C. Farlow) or on his cousin Elmore's "12 Year Old Boy," it is not only a tribute to them but a reminder that he's a blues survivor.
Yet, it is his own material that succeeds best. With a voice that half pleads, half cries, Homesick makes us feel the heartache he sings about in "Tell Me Baby" and My Baby's Gone" is real. He still does some sizzling slide at several junctures, and while Words of Wisdom may not match some of Homesick's early glory, it definitely captures a fire that's still burning.
-- John Koetzner