When your father was the late Chicago blues and Chess Records icon Jimmy Rogers
(not to be confused with pioneering country singer Jimmie Rodgers
), some would argue that you have a hell of a lot to live up to. But the question "How does Jimmy D. Lane
compare to Jimmy Rogers
?" is both unrealistic and unfair -- it would be like expecting Ravi Coltrane
to accomplish what John Coltrane
accomplished, or expecting Hank Williams, Jr.
to be another Hank Williams, Sr.
is a fine Chicago bluesman in his own right. With Rogers
making a guest appearance on "One Room Country Shack" and Muddy Waters
' "Another Mule Kicking in Your Stall," listeners get to hear father and son playing alongside one another. Rogers
, who died on December 19, 1997, had only two months to live when this historically important album was made. But Legacy
is not only noteworthy because it contains the last recording of Rogers
; it's also noteworthy because of the rich singing and expressive guitar playing that Lane
brings to Memphis Slim
's "Four O'Clock in the Morning" and Howlin' Wolf
's "Big House," as well as heartfelt originals like "In This Bed," "Clue Me," and "Pride." Lane
is someone who really understands the blues, and that fact is impossible to miss on this excellent date.