1938, Houston, Texas, USA. Mayes was given his first guitar by an uncle after experimenting with string and wire. According to his own story, by the age of 14 he had already worked with Lester Williams, although he did not meet T-Bone Walker, the doyen of all Texas guitarists, until 1954. During the next 20 years, he often worked with Walker and made the acquaintance of many other bluesmen who would later come to fame, most prominently Joe Hughes. Mayes first recordings were made in support of Junior Parker and, in 1978, he entered a studio again while in Paris on tour with Bill Doggett. In the meantime, he had three singles issued under his own name on the Ovide label. In 1984, he appeared in the film Battle Of The Guitars, the soundtrack of which was issued on album. His own debut album was recorded in Houston during 1984-85 for the Dutch company Double Trouble. Further chunky texan blues came in 1999 with For Petes Sake, it is astonishing to think...