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Friday, October 14, 2016

Conner Ray Music artist: The Jeremiah Johnson Band - Blues Heart Attack - New Release review

I just had the opportunity to review the most recent release, Blues Heart Attack,  from The Jeremiah Johnson Band and it has swagger! Opening with Mind Reader, a blues rocker with great guitar tone and great vocal harmonies, this track is a great opener. With it's country flare Johnson leads on vocal and guitar with Jeff Girardier on bass and backing vocal, Benet Schaeffer on drums and Nathen Hershey on keys. Super opener. Lumbering along, Room Of Fools brings to mind the best of Humble Pie with it's super rocking blues feel and a solid underlying guitar riff. I really like this track with it's ringing chords and Johnson's almost pleading vocals. Very cool. Flat Line has a jazzy edge with a cool walking bass line by Girardier, piano by Hershey and sax by Frank Bauer. Even Johnson's country rock guitar style feels light and airy. Very nice. With more of a country twist, Get It In The Middle is a great boogie with a solid bottom and Johnson's fingers dancing riffs on the guitar (think Steve Gaines on LS) and bright piano work from Hershey. Blues ballad, Summertime, has the warmth of Bauer on sax and bass lines from Girardier supporting his most up front vocal work. His guitar work is very nice showing that he has the riffs and the soul to pull it all together. Nice job. Country rocker, Skip That Stone, sounds like it could easily have been written by Dickey Betts for the ABB. A southern rocker, this track of course has plenty of guitar riffs and nicely blended in harp work from Tom Papa Ray. R&B track, Sun Shine Through, has a heavy organ backing by Hershey and behind Johnson's super lead vocals come his aggressive guitar soloing. Nice groove. With a bit of New Orleans, Everybody Party, makes use of vocal harmonies and the soulful sax work of Bauer to set this track up for hot guitar riffs. Hershey and Bauer each take nice solo stints giving this track an extra boost before Johnson's entry bringing the band together revival style. Ballad Here We Go Again is a solid radio track with soulful vocals and melodic guitar lead over a cushion of B3 and sax. Very well done. Wrapping the release is It's Been Hard, a rowdy blues rocker with a saturated guitar riffs and clear vocals. With guitar and sax ripping, Hershey sets in with strong organ lines giving this release a solid closer.

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