Troy Stetina rose to prominence in the 80s and has become a massive inspiration for guitarists from all walks of life, all around the globe. Troy found his calling in educating, with hundreds of instructional teachings ranging from musical recordings to DVDs to live clinics. He quickly became acknowledged for his ability to take very concepts ranging from the obscure and advanced, to the most basic and fundamental; and turn them into something that was both accessible and understandable to musicians everywhere. Music educators, rock stars, and students all agree, that Troy has been able to teach and inspire a countless number of guitar players around the world with both his music and teachings.
This is the lone solo album by sideman Roger "Jellyroll" Troy, a consummate session player who was best known for his collaborations with blues bandleader Michael Bloomfield, including as part of a reunited mid-'70s version of Electric Flag. Troy's bona fides go back even further than that: while still a teen, he was the bassist in the novelty rock band, the Hollywood Argyles, and went on to gigs with James Brown and Freddie King. In 1969 he cut an album as the leader of the band Jellyroll (which was his nickname) and he had considerable success as a songwriter in the early '70s. This album is pretty much pure white soul, with a heavy Muscle Shoals feel: four songs were written by Troy, though tellingly he also covers Dan Penn, whose emotive vocals style is echoed in Troy's own phrasing. Among the many musicians backing him are jazz saxophonist Ernie Watts and pianist/producer Mike Lipskin… Fans of the Atlanta Rhythm Section, Joe Cocker and any number of eclectic Memphis roots/soul bands might want to check this one out.