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Monday, February 19, 2018

Johnny Fink and the Intrusion - JFI - New Release Review

I just had the opportunity to review the debut release, JFI, from Johnny Fink and the Intrusion and I really enjoyed it. Opening with boogie track, Oh No, Johnny Fink on lead guitar and vocal is rocking out of the gates backed by Matt Newman on bass, Doug Moore on drums and Jimmy Rogers on keys. Maintaining the simmer like a master Fink slowly adds fuel to the fire and then explodes with fiery guitar riffs and pointed vocals. Very cool. On shuffle track, Hey Hey Hey, Fink has a smoother vocal sound in the Robben Ford range and the band rocks on with a driving bass line, simple, effective guitar riffs and super drums. On slow blues number, The Fall, Fink is front and center vocally, displaced only by tight, expressive guitar runs that will have you sitting back and listening ... contently. Very nice.  Another real nice slow blues is Damn Broke. I have to admit, I am a sucker for slower expressive blues with cool guitar parts. I am less excited by blues ballads and Fink knows the difference building tension on his vocals with the addition of Rogers on organ and smartly phrased blues lead. Very nice. Whipping out the old slide on Knew She Was Looking, Fink opens a track that would be comfortable on a 70's Savoy Brown with it's boogie rock guitar rhythm and solid vocals. Rogers plays a strong piano and Fink rips on slide over a great bottom by Newman and Moore. With a staggered bass line and super round guitar lead, Go Away is a real nice track with some of the hottest riffs on the release. Another slow, expressive, blues track, Pain, really plays the dynamic card with quiet, soulful vocals over softly expressed chords and rim shots, parlayed into full throated blues guitar phrased melody. Really nice. Wrapping the release is It's Alright, a cool, Willie Dixon like track. A great bass line by Newman, tight drums by Moore and stark vocals by Fink, backed up by intuitive lead guitar makes for a super closer for this release. I think this release scratches an itch that you forgot you had. Excellent!

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