Personnel: Z.Z. Hill (vocals); Leroy Emanuel, Dino Zimmerman (guitar); Jackson Strings (strings); Muscle Shoals Horns (horns); Carson Whitsett (keyboards); James Robertson (drums); Charlotte Chenault, Jewel Bass, Thomisene Anderson (background vocals).
Down Home is one of the very few classic blues albums of the 1980s. Hill revitalized the genre among African-American listeners with his "Down Home Blues," which earned instant standard status. But the entire album is tremendously consistent, with the percolating R&B workouts "Givin' It Up for Your Love" and "Right Arm for Your Love" contrasting with an intimate "Cheatin' in the Next Room" and the straight-ahead blues "Everybody Knows About My Good Thing" and "When It Rains It Pours." ~ Bill Dahl