Personnel: Z.Z. Hill (vocals); Z.Z. Hill; Jimmy Johnson (guitar); John Frantz, Bob McNally, Mickey Davis, Peggy Plucker (strings); Walter King, Harrison Calloway, Ben Cauley, Charles Rose, Harvey Thompson (horns); Haran Griffin (keyboards); Ray Griffin (bass guitar); Valerie Williams, Jewel Bass, Thomisene Anderson (background vocals); Dino Zimmerman (guitar); Carson Whitsett (keyboards); Owen Hale (drums).
Led by Z.Z. Hill's second immediate standard -- the Denise LaSalle-penned "Someone Else Is Steppin' In" -- Hill's third Malaco album, The Rhythm & the Blues is another consistent effort, if not quite the blockbuster that his previous effort was. Hill again dipped into the Little Johnny Taylor songbook for a humorous slow blues, "Open House at My House," while relying on talented songwriters George Jackson and Ernie Johnson for most of his tailor-made material. ~ Bill Dahl