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Showing posts with label Johnny King & Friends. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Johnny King & Friends. Show all posts

Friday, September 22, 2023

Sol Island Music artist: Johnny King & Friends - Call It Confusion - New Release Review

 I just had the opportunity to review the most recent release, Call It Confusion, from Johnny King & Friends and it's a great mix of rock, blues and soul. Opening with title track, Call It Confusion, Johnny King on lead vocal and with his BB King style phrasing gets this show on the road. Joined by Tony Coleman on drums, Billy Berberette on bass, Bobby Rush on harmonica and Shannon Wickline on keys, this is a strong opener. One of my favorite tracks on the release is slower blues, Lyric Fountain Station with it's heavy soulful opening and funky R&B rhythm. With it's B3 bottom and Latin percussion this track is a mover. With Rush, King, Coleman and Roanoke Voices Praise Team on vocals, Oh' My Captain has a terrific early gospel infused blues style with only a foot drum, Rush on harmonica and King on slide. Very cool. Strong lead guitar work on Recognition Blues, paired with horn backing by Rick Leatherman on sax, Steve Metzler on trombone, Dr Brennan Wood on trumpet, Roger Lewis on bari sax, Kevin Harris on tenor sax, Andrew Baham and Gregory Davis on trumpet gives this track a great this track a strong Otis Rush feel. Very nice.  Wrapping the release is a sold cover of Slim Harpo's I'm A King Bee with Rush on lead vocal and harmonica and King on slide. This is a cool closer for an enjoyable release.  

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