Reviewed by Doug Freeman, Fri., Feb. 8, 2008
Jon EmeryEarly Morning Blues
Diggin' in his heels at 61, the self-professed "King of Hillbilly Rock & Roll" takes a turn toward the blues. Emery's voice is caustic and tough, settling perfectly into the 12 originals, songs like "Prison Bound" and "Burn That Railroad Down" feeling lived in and raw. Jamming boogies ("All Right Blues," "Bootlegger Man") don't square as well, but the album winds like a late-night locomotive.