On Old Gray Mule’s 5th album, No Sleep ‘Til Memphis, the rhythm section of CR Humphrey and JJ Wilburn reunites to lay it DOWN juke house style. Their mix of blues, funk, gospel and hip-hop breathes some fresh air into the blue scene…just in time for a return tour of Australia in the fall of 2013!
Track and artist list:
1. Funkyard Dog/Stay With Me – featuring: Meredith Kimbrough – vocals, CR Humphrey – guitar, JJ Wilburn – drums
2. Back In The Day – featuring: CW Ayon – vocals, CR Humphrey – guitar and bass, JJ Wilburn – drums
3. Molly Dell – featuring: CR Humphrey – vocals and guitar, JJ Wilburn – drums
4. Do Like Henry Ford – featuring: Jimmy “Duck” Holmes – vocals and acoustic guitar, CR Humphrey – electric guitar, JJ Wilburn – drums
5. Cryin and Crawlin – featuring: CR Humphrey – vocals and guitar, JJ Wilburn – drums
6. Howlin - featuring: Jimmy “Duck” Holmes - vocals and acoustic guitar, CR Humphrey - electric guitar, JJ Wilburn - drums
7. My Lyin Ass – featuring: JJ Wilburn – vocals and drums, Manateemann – 1st rap vocals, dR.K@0s – 2nd rap vocals, CR Humphrey – guitar and bass
8. Lyrics by J-Dub (NBY) – featuring: JJ Wilburn – vocals and drums, CR Humphrey – guitar, David O’Hearn – bass
9. Rose Laccoon – featuring: CR Humphrey – guitar, bass, and synths, Lightnin Malcolm – drums
Old Gray Mule live at The Spotted Mallard in Melbourne, Australia
Reviews Are Coming In!
Pounding, churning boogie blues. Wilburn creates a stellar base from which Humphrey lights up on guitar, it’s like these two have been playing together forever – it’s solid. – Rhythms Magazine – Oct 2013 #255
In a word, No Sleep ‘til Memphis is “baaaaaad.” Not bad in the negative sense, but in the only sense where an alternate spelling with four extra a’s does not look ridiculous or out of place. If you like your blues with a side helping of funk, pick up No Sleep ‘til Memphis or any other Old Gray Mule recording. – Boston Blues – Feb 14 2014 issue
Humphrey this time uses boogie as a base from which to build. They inject a gospel feel to the vocals of ‘Funkyard Dog/Stay With Me’; the hip hop lyrical addition on ‘My Lyin’ Ass’ (courtesy of MCs Manateemann and dR K@OS) works surprisingly well; the acoustic treatment of ‘Howlin’’, courtesy of the sublime Jimmy ‘Duck’ Holmes, is a masterstroke; and the psychedelic stretch of ‘Lyrics By J-Dub’ caps off a winner. - Sydney Morning Herald - Oct 25, 2013
No Sleep ‘Til Memphis is a real classic blues rock adventure. From start to finish, there isn’t a track on here that you can’t love. This album makes you want to crank it up, clap, tap, and generally just have a rip-roaring good time. – The Daily Album – Aug 1, 2013
Like A Apple On A Tree teams Old Gray Mule (performing name of Texas guitarist CR Humphrey) with the best raw juke joint and hill country blues artists of his generation. 10 high energy foot stompin, hand clappin, booty shakin, groove ridden, old school juke house tunes guaranteed to put a couple impure thoughts in your head!
Track and artist list:
- Come On In – featuring: Cedric Burnside - drums and vocals, CR Humphrey - guitar
- Cotton Patch Disco – featuring: Snooks La Vie - harmonica and vocals, CR Humphrey - guitar and bass, Lightnin Malcolm - drums
- Blue Front – featuring: CR Humphrey - guitar, Jason ‘JJ’ Wilburn - drums
- Sexy Mufuggin Dance Party – featuring: CR Humphrey - guitar and bass, Lightnin Malcolm - drums
- Break For Me – featuring: Lightnin Malcolm - vocals, CR Humphrey - guitars, Jason ‘JJ’ Wilburn - drums
- Thanksgiving – featuring: CR Humphrey - guitar and bass, Cedric Burnside - drums
- Someday Baby – featuring: CW Ayon - drums and vocals, CR Humphrey - guitar
- Issaquena – featuring: CR Humphrey - guitar and bass, Lightnin Malcolm - drums
- Standin There Cryin’ – featuring: Snooks La Vie - harmonica and vocals, CR Humphrey - guitars, Dave Sims, Jr - drums
- Banda de Gypsies – featuring: CR Humphrey - guitar, CW Ayon - drums
“It’s all great fun, and CR Humphrey’s solid, crunchy hill country riffing is truly what makes the album. Old Gray Mule’s Like A Apple On A Tree admirably captures the salty-sweet essence of hill country blues.” – April 2013 Issue #244 Vol. 44, #2 - Living Blues Magazine (print only)
“★★★★ Boogie blues, stoner blues, trance blues, call it what you like – Texan C.R. Humphrey, aka Old Gray Mule, does it with aplomb and then some. A barnburning groover of an album, hands down.” – Feb 22, 2013 - Sydney Morning Herald
“Mississippi just doesn’t raise hell like this much anymore. Mostly because its blueprint hellraisers– R.L. Burnside, Junior Kimbrough, Paul “Wine” Jones– have all gotten gigs at the great juke joint up in the sky. Plus, their living progenitors have a tendency to contemporize the wine-headed stomp out of this primal music. Not C.R. Humphrey, though. The Old Gray Mule still refuses to clean up, dilute down or rock out his serpentine guitar lines.” – Feb-Mar 2013 issue of The Blues Rag (print only)
“You may remember I reviewed his second record, 40 Nickels For A Bag Of Chips sometime early last year (more than favourably), and as such, we’ve come into contact. He’s recently released a new album, Like A Apple On A Tree, which is a fantastic step forward for him, a really down, dirty, heavy-driving boogie blues record, straight outta some Tonk deep down south. I talked a little about it in my column in the February issue of the mag.” Feb 2013 issue of Rhythms Magazine
“CR Humphrey, who is better known under his nom de musicien Old Gray Mule, is a hell of a good guy. It’s clear when you see him play live, when you hear the soulful licks he lays down on tape, when you chat with him, and when you read the notes for the latest Old Gray Mule album Like a Apple on a Tree: everything he does is imbued with lots of heart, humor, and flat-out joy.
If you’re up for some authenticity, as in authentic heart, authentic joy, authentic feeling, you’re not going to do much better right now than Old Gray Mule’s Like a Apple on a Tree.” - Now This Sound Is Brave
“Like A Apple… is a confident sounding album with some strident boogies and tough, smart new blues that continue to establish fresh blues horizons.
This is the album that’ll get you through the winter. Your feet’ll keep the floor warm, and your hips will keep greased and workin’ through the spring. Dig it then give them your money.” – Deep Blues
“C.R. does what he does best… lays down some brawny riffs with his beefed up Squire Telecaster.
Now we’ve come full circle, with the hill country blues the past is every bit as important as the present. A new generation of bluesmen have sprouted forth from the flood plains, hill country and beyond. Youngbloods ready, able and worthy of carrying on the legacy of R.L. Burnside and Junior Kimbrough.” – Dirt City Chronicles
Recording “Blue Front” with Jason ‘JJ’ Wilburn at Fire Station Studios, San Marcos, TX June – 2012