Texacala Jones & Her T.J. Hookers (Honey)

Texas Platters

Record Reviews

Texacala Jones & Her T.J. Hookers

(Honey)

Honey Records is a bit of an ironic label for Texacala Jones, because the Hole in the Wall diva specializes in songs that make sandpaper sound like silk -- check the sinewy versions of Marvin Gaye's "Ain't That Peculiar" and Quincy Jones' "In the Heat of the Night" for further proof. But if it's jagged barroom blues you're after, few do it better than Tex and her Hookers. Ex-Hickoid Jeff Smith's switchblade guitarwork cuts deep and fast, and Walter Daniels' low-down sax and harmonica is shadowier than sunset in a back Chicago alley. In an age dominated by rote arrangements and soulless studio technology, the Hookers come through with all the rough edges intact -- it's more refreshing than Tylenol on a Sunday morning. The Hookers' ragged glory still must be experienced live to be fully appreciated, but this album nevertheless ends with the distinct impression that a long, cold shower is in order. And that's a good feeling.

***  

A note to readers: Bold and uncensored, The Austin Chronicle has been Austin’s independent news source for over 36 years, expressing the community’s political and environmental concerns and supporting its active cultural scene. Now more than ever, we need your support to continue supplying Austin with independent, free press. If real news is important to you, please consider making a donation of $5, $10 or whatever you can afford, to help keep our journalism on stands.

Support the Chronicle  

READ MORE
More Music Reviews
Texas Platters
Sheverb
Chapter One (Record Review)

Doug Freeman, Dec. 14, 2018

Texas Platters
Stephanie Urbina Jones
Tularosa (Record Review)

Doug Freeman, Dec. 14, 2018

More by Christopher Gray
Margaret Moser Tribute: Alvin Crow
Alvin Crow
Summer camp with the kids

June 30, 2017

Margaret Moser Tribute: The Rolling Stones
The Rolling Stones
That Margaret Moser, she’s a rainbow

June 30, 2017

MORE IN THE ARCHIVES
NEWSLETTERS
One click gets you all the newsletters listed below

Breaking news, arts coverage, and daily events

Can't keep up with happenings around town? We can help.

Austin's queerest news and events

Updates for SXSW 2019

All questions answered (satisfaction not guaranteed)

Information is power. Support the free press, so we can support Austin.   Support the Chronicle