Louisiana produces many black-influenced white musicians, but a real feel for the blues and zydeco aren't automatically inherited. Despite being born 31 years ago in Monroe, La., Griggs couldn't be more white bread if he had Wonder stamped on his forehead. This is his third album, and anyone waiting for him to show a hint of Louisiana soul or funk is still waiting.
Griggs does have a pleasant voice and an easy style. Romantic ballads are his strength, but he goes to that well way too often. He's at his best when he stops relaxing and finally flexes a little spirit, on "Hillbilly Band" and "No Mississippi."
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