"I really like this record. It's got attitude."
- Grammy Award Winner, Delbert McClinton
Roy Parnell's Jacksboro Highway manages to pay righteous homage
to jump blues, T-Bone Walker, the Jacksboro Highway, and the Texas roadhouse
experience on this eleven-song compilation produced by his brother Lee
Nick Patoski, Texas Monthly (Feb. 2000)
"This very talented harpmeister/singer has released
on the of the best contemporary blues recordings heard so far this year,
offering up well-chosen covers and original tunes. Parnell's playing
is highly emotional and straight from the heart, and both Lee Roy and
Waylon Jennings make guest appearances on the title cut, a John Lee
Hooker-styled, up-tempo boogie. Jacksboro Highway is magnificent.
My highest recommendation."
Bob Cianci, The River Reporter Online (Feb. 11, 2000)
"Jacksboro Highway finds Rob in good, natural
voice, tackling a bunch of idioms: pure '50s Chicago Little Walter's
'Crazy Mixed Up World'), Texas-rockin', T-Birds-style ('She's Got It
Goin' On'), Guitar Slim raunch ('Letter to My Girlfriend') and easy-swinging
shuffles ('It's My Life'). Get this one..."
Blues Revue magazine (March 2000)
"Rob Roy has emerged on his debut release with
a style uniquely his own that reveals his appreciation of the blues
W.C. Handy Award Winner, Anson Funderburgh
Highway finds Parnell turning in a potent set of originals, songs
by other Texans and an obscurity or two by Willie Dixon and Walter Horton.
The music is your basic, no-frills, no-nonsense roadhouse blues. It
jumps when it needs to. It slides and slithers when it wants to. It
Jim Beal Jr., San Antonio Express News (Nov.
"Rob Roy Parnell's heart is buried deep in the blues. His debut, Jacksboro Highway, is in the same vein as early work by fellow
Texas bluesmen Delbert McClinton, Jimmy Vaughan, and Kim Wilson; it
serves up an ample supply of sly grooves and hard-blowing rockers.
- Jim Caligiuri, The Austin Chronicle (Dec. 3, 1999)
"Rob Roy Parnell has a great new CD, Jacksboro Highway".
- Chris Riemenschneider, Austin American-Statesman (January 13, 2000)
"this Austin native knows how to blow a harmonica and put a well
crafted song together. He knows the ins and outs of blues construction,
how to achieve a mood or atmosphere effectively." "These guys
don't work the effects, they just play good music with good tone. Simple
in design but so difficult to achieve in practice, the band produces
a smooth sound; refined and pure." "Parnell offers up track
after track of infectious blues."
- Bill Fountain, Southwest Blues Magazine (December 1999)