For this change of pace, singer/pianist Shirley Horn performs 15 songs associated with Ray Charles. Of course, Horn sounds nothing like Charles, but she sometimes captures his spirit on such songs as "Hit the Road, Jack," "You Don't Know Me" (which finds her switching to organ), "Makin' Whoopee" and "How Long Has This Been Going On." ~ AllMusic
When Ray Charles signed his precedent-shattering contract with ABC-Paramount in 1959, he was determined to make good on an early ambition to be the most versatile recording artist the music business had ever known. Charles got to work at his new label right away, producing hits like "Georgia On My Mind" and "Hit the Road Jack" along with the classic duet album with Betty Carter in 1961. But it wasn't till 1962's MODERN SOUNDS IN COUNTRY AND WESTERN MUSIC VOLS. 1 & 2 that Charles surpassed industry expectations.
Recorded November 5, 1982. "Hit The Road Again" with the Phillip Walker Blues Band is a rare blues album on the Timeless label. Most of the songs are remakes of Percy's old hits like "River's Invitation", "The Highway Is Like A Woman", "Two Years Of Torture", "My Jug And I", etc. The performances are good, the mood is laid back, and the band is fine with splendid guitar from Walker and fine tenor sax from Hollis Gimore.