Blues rocker Joe Pitts pays tribute to the "cats" that influenced him with his 2010 album "Ten Shades of Blue". The album, featuring ten tracks paying homage to Eric Gales, John Mayall, Elmore James, Walter Trout, and more, showing how truly diverse Joe Pitts really is. Some of the tracks in my opinion actually give the original artists a run for their money. Now I've got to be completely honest, is Joe Pitts the best blues musician in the business? No, but I firmly believe that he is not only worthy of playing with them, but having people like BB King, Buddy Guy, and Eric Clapton as special guests on his records. Pitts successfully remembered his influences with this incredible album. I have only a few problems with "Ten Shades of Blue". First, it's not nearly long enough, I feel the album could have easily been an amazing two disc set (maybe he'll do a volume 2 in the future?). Second, no songs in tribute to people like Robert Johnson, Howlin' Wolf, John Lee Hooker, etc. And lastly, where was this album in 2007 when I was starting to fall in love with the blues??? In short, Joe Pitts is one of my favorite blues rockers, and if you don't own one of his records, you should buy one NOW! I'm going to give this album a 7/10 (Only because I've heard the music Pitts did with Liquid Groove Mojo, and that's hard to top0. Also, stay tuned for "Axe To The Grind", the newest album from Joe Pitts, to be released this summer!