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January 18, 1991 | JIM WASHBURN, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
A few weeks back bluesmen Junior Watson and Lynwood Slim were trying to decide what to call their new band. According to singer/harmonica player Slim, "It was hard to figure because everybody had already used every cool car name that's available, and we didn't want to call ourselves the Pintos. So we thought we'd just call it the Junior Watson-Lynwood Slim Band and see what happens with that." What does happen should be pretty interesting.
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August 28, 1998 | JIM WASHBURN, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Long before Orange County had its swing revival, it had Junior Watson. Let's never suggest that zoot suits aren't crucial to the music, but guitarist Watson concentrates on the notes, swinging more wildly in a 12-bar solo than the revival's collective watch chains would if sent careening on a roller coaster. In Europe and other far-flung locales, Watson is often hailed as the greatest living exponent of the swing-infused West Coast jump blues pioneered by T-Bone Walker in the late 1930s.
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August 28, 1998 | JIM WASHBURN, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Long before Orange County had its swing revival, it had Junior Watson. Let's never suggest that zoot suits aren't crucial to the music, but guitarist Watson concentrates on the notes, swinging more wildly in a 12-bar solo than the revival's collective watch chains would if sent careening on a roller coaster. In Europe and other far-flung locales, Watson is often hailed as the greatest living exponent of the swing-infused West Coast jump blues pioneered by T-Bone Walker in the late 1930s.
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February 18, 1994 | MIKE BOEHM, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Excellent guitar work is the common denominator for the cream of this crop of new local record releases. Original and idiosyncratic aren't common adjectives for traditional blues players, but Junior Watson wears them comfortably on his first solo album after a long career as a sideman.
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August 25, 1992 | JIM WASHBURN, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
The blues came up the Mississippi from the Delta, took a left turn at Chicago, tripped on the Rockies, and evidently landed in a dark glass office building in Santa Ana. Since it began in fields and road houses early in this century, blues music has found some curious abodes, from pristine Swiss festival sites to neon Japanese nightclubs.
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February 18, 1994 | MIKE BOEHM, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Excellent guitar work is the common denominator for the cream of this crop of new local record releases. Original and idiosyncratic aren't common adjectives for traditional blues players, but Junior Watson wears them comfortably on his first solo album after a long career as a sideman.
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December 21, 2000
ANAHEIM 8pm Pop Music Ozomatli closes out the year with a concert in Anaheim. After the first of the year, the L.A.-based group will start work on the follow-up to the debut album that's placed the band near the forefront of rock en espanol. * Ozomatli, Sun Theatre, 2200 E. Katella Ave., Anaheim. 8 p.m. $25. (714) 712-2700.
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January 17, 2008 | GEOFF BOUCHER
Here's a great L.A. story that begins, of all places, in a tiny Oklahoma town called Pretty Water. That was the hometown of young Larry and Lorrie Collins before their parents brought the precocious sibs west in search of a big showbiz break. They found it: The innocent but frenetic rockabilly of the Collins Kids became a weekly feature on Tex Ritter's "Town Hall Party" TV show from Compton, where the sibs played with stars like Johnny Cash and Patsy Cline. They got their own record deal and Lorrie even dated Ricky Nelson.
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August 25, 1992 | JIM WASHBURN, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
The blues came up the Mississippi from the Delta, took a left turn at Chicago, tripped on the Rockies, and evidently landed in a dark glass office building in Santa Ana. Since it began in fields and road houses early in this century, blues music has found some curious abodes, from pristine Swiss festival sites to neon Japanese nightclubs.
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January 18, 1991 | JIM WASHBURN, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
A few weeks back bluesmen Junior Watson and Lynwood Slim were trying to decide what to call their new band. According to singer/harmonica player Slim, "It was hard to figure because everybody had already used every cool car name that's available, and we didn't want to call ourselves the Pintos. So we thought we'd just call it the Junior Watson-Lynwood Slim Band and see what happens with that." What does happen should be pretty interesting.
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April 12, 2013 | By Randy Lewis
Dave Alvin and a slew of other veterans of the Southern California blues and roots music communities, including Junior Watson, James Harman and the Mike Eldred Trio, will gather Sunday at Café Fais Do Do in Los Angeles to salute harmonica ace John “Juke” Logan in a benefit for the American Institute for Cancer Research. Logan has been contending with esophageal cancer on and off since 2009, and proceeds from the show will be targeted toward research on that strain of cancer.
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July 17, 1993 | BUDDY SEIGAL, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
The irony of the blues revival that has been building momentum in this country for the last few years is that the efforts of contemporary blues musicians, largely a generic and uninspired lot, tend not to warrant the enthusiasm that was denied the music's creative forebears.
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