- Released: July 7, 1987
- Label: Alligator Records
- 1.High Wire
- 2.That Did It
- 3.Goose Grease
- 4.Sunset Over Broadway
- 5.Ain't No Business
- 6.Flash Chordin'
- 7.25 Miles
- 8.These Arms Of Mine
- 9.Country Boogie
- 10.The Blues Lover
Personnel: Roy Buchanan (vocals, guitar); Johnny Sayles, Kanika Kress (vocals); Donald Kinsey (guitar); Stan Szelest (keyboards); Larry Exum (bass); Morris Jennings (drums).
Producers: Roy Buchanan, Bruce Iglauer, Dick Shurman, Justin Niebank.
Recorded at Streeterville Studios, Chicago, Illinois.
Digitally remastered by Jay O'Rourke & Bruce Iglauer (Monster Disc, Chicago, Illinois).
Personnel: Roy Buchanan (vocals, guitar); Kanika Kress, Johnny Sayles (vocals); Donald Kinsey (guitar); Stan Szelest (keyboards); Morris Jennings (drums).
Audio Mixers: Tim Hale; Justin Niebank.
Recording information: Streeterville Recording Studios, Chicago, IL; Streeteville Studios, Chicago IL.
Photographer: Don Marshall.
Master guitarist Roy Buchanan elevates his already astronomical musical standard on his third Alligator release, HOT WIRES. With his searing tone, fluid runs, screeching harmonics, dynamics experiments, and grab bag of scratches, wails, and noodles, Buchanan's Fender often sounds less like a guitar than a channel for highly articulate alien intelligence. As usual, Roy has backed himself with some of the finest blues and rock studio musicians--including guitarist Donald Kinsey (of the Kinsey Report) and vocalists Johnny Sayles ("That Did It") and Kanika Kress (on Otis Redding's "These Arms of Mine").
Though the band provides thunderous, spot-on backing on conventional blues workouts ("Ain't No Business") and rave-up instrumentals ("Country Boogie") alike, the spotlight is on Buch throughout, particularly on his own compositions, the acid surf "High Wire" and the pummeling "Flash Chordin'." HOT WIRES is yet another testament to the skills of this dazzling, unfairly under-recognized musician.