Fire up some authentic Texas-style blues with Hammond B3 organ master Mike "The Drifter" Flanigin's killer new album, West Texas Blues.
Comprised of 10 live-recorded tracks, Mike Flanigin's West Texas Blues captures the raw spirit of the Lone Star State blues legacy, while featuring no overdubs or tricks - just genuine, in-the-moment performances.
On the album, Flanigin is accompanied by two of today's finest Texas blues players, Chris Layton and Sue Foley. The trio brings a fresh, dynamic energy to the studio, aiming to recreate the magic of classic blues records. In Flanigin's own words, "I wanted to walk in with great players, call songs, and play 'em… like the blues records they used to make." The result is a rough and ready ride through West Texas, evoking the timeless sounds of influential artists such as Lightnin’ Hopkins, Juke Boy Bonner, the Nightcaps, Lazy Lester, Lightnin’ Slim, Guitar Gable, and more.
Originally from Denton, Texas, Flanigin has been a vital part of the Austin scene since the early '90s, backing up original blues legends from Junior Wells to Earl King during his tenure with the Antone’s house band. His extensive experience and deep connection with the roots of the blues shine through in every note.
In 2009, Flanigin joined up with Jimmie Vaughan, forming an organ trio that still captivates audiences today. Their collaboration, exemplified on the album Live At C-Boys, showcases Texas-sized jams and even led to trio dates and ZZ Top sit-ins. Steve Miller, another Texas legend, praises Flanigin as his "very favorite blues and jazz organist," and their collaboration can be heard on Miller's The Vault box set.
Flanigin's solo journey saw the release of his first album, The Drifter, in 2015, garnering praise from Rolling Stone for its singular vision and atmospheric Americana style. Now, West Texas Blues continues his exploration of the genre, with Flanigin on organ and vocals, Foley on guitar, and Layton on drums.