Barkin' Bill didn't bark. He was stylistically similar to the smoother singers like Brook Benton, Joe Williams and Jimmy Witherspoon. In a review of this 1994 release Frank-John Hadley said Barkin' Bill "certainly understands how to draw pained eloquence from the dusty nooks and flaked-paint recesses of his dark, weathered voice, which wraps around the love complaints of "As Long As I Have You" and 11 more tunes (excluding the two originals). Several selections on this superior follow-up to 1991's Bluebird Blues (DMK 652) get a big boost from the fine playing of guitarist Steve Freund and the soul and jazz dripping Chicago Horns." - Down Beat.