Blues on Fire was the second release for Lonnie on the JSP label, released in 1997 out of London. Performing are some notable names in the blues today with Lonnie on guitar and vocals, Barry Harrison -drums, Randy Lippincott -bass, Johnny Rawls -guitar and vocals, Bruce Feiner -tenor sax, Robert Feiner -baritone sax, Shemekia Copeland -vocals, Brian Charette -keyboards and Hammond organ, and Mike Jones -trumpet.Recorded over a period of several years with accompaniments by a number of fine Southern musicians the result is a well crafted and varied selection of material. Lonnie has a strong soulful voice, not unlike that of his hero Z.Z. Hill and is a good, if not terribly distinctive, guitar player. The material, all written by Lonnie, ranges from soul (Boxing Gloves) to R&B (Eight Days A Week) to tough juke joint blues (Fistful Of Dollars/ Cry, Sky). 12 tracks in all. Accompanying musicians include Eddie "Vaan" Shaw, Big Jack Johnson, Lorenzo Smith, Sam Carr and others.
1975's The Heat Is On was the third album that the Isley Brothers recorded with their 3 + 3 lineup, and by that time, the lineup had really perfected its attractive soul/rock sound. The Isleys were providing great R&B long before keyboardist Chris Jasper, bassist Marvin Isley, and the distinctive guitarist Ernie Isley came on board in 1973; nonetheless, the newcomers added a lot to the group and helped it provide some of its best recordings. Marvin's basslines are as funky as it gets, and the Jimi Hendrix-influenced Ernie is a killer guitarist; he would have been perfect for Deep Purple, Blue Öyster Cult, or Judas Priest if the Isley Brothers hadn't kept him busy in the 1970s.