Roy Lanham is not a well-known name in the music world, but the songs he played on are. Whether you know it or not, you've heard the incredible guitar talents of Roy Lanham, on everything from The Delmore Brothers to Hank Penny to The Fleetwoods to Roy Rogers to The Sons Of The Pioneers to obscure rockabilly artists like Whitey Pullen and Jimmy Patton. Roy Lanham was a virtuoso musician who could pull off everything from country to jazz, and recorded a landmark album in 1959 (released in 1961) called 'The Most Exciting Guitar.' Strangely, this album has remained out of print and hard to find for decades, and Bear Family now remedies that with a glorious new re-issue.
This album smokes, with 'Exciting' being an apt description. This isn't your Grandpa's sleepy jazz guitar, this is an album that swings like mad and rocks like crazy! Lanham, along with bassist Red Wooten and the legendary rock and roll/rhythm and blues drummer Earl Palmer, literally take this list of jazz and country standards and redefine them. Even standards like Body And Soul and Steel Guitar Rag are turned inside out and taken to a whole new level. If you like country, western swing, jazz and guitar, this album is absolutely essential, and once you've heard it, you'll be a converted Roy Lanham disciple for life. 'The Most Exciting Guitar,' indeed!