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Showing posts with label Neoprene Fedora. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Neoprene Fedora. Show all posts

Friday, July 7, 2017

Rockin' Johnny Burgin July and August Shows

Rockin' Johnny Burgin July and Aug Cali Dates:

It's great to be back in California after a fun tour in Sweden with Aki and some great shows in the Midwest and at The Chicago Blues Festival..  The shot above is by Franky Bruneel and was taken at the Mary Lane show at the Fest-- what a great time!  Here are the upcoming Cali and road dates for the next couple of months:

Today, Fri, July 7: Smoking Pig BBQ, Fremont, 9-12
This Sat, July 8: Mission St BBQ, Santa Cruz, 6-8 w Andy Santana
This Sat, July 8: Joe's Place, Boulder Creek, 9-12
Thurs, July 13: American Legion Post 474, Half Moon Bay 7-10
Fri, July 14: Poor House Bistro, San Jose
Sat, July 15: Solis Winery, Gilroy 1-4
Sat, July 15: Hopmonk, Sonoma, w Aki Kumar 8-11
Sun, July 16: Power House Pub, Folsom, w Kyle Rowland, 3-6
Tues, July 18: Mission St BBQ, Santa Cruz, 6-8 w Andy Santana
Thurs, July 20: Little Lou's BBQ, Campbell, w Aki Kumar
Sat, July 22: Odd Fellows Hall, Nevada City, ft Freddie Roulette
Mon, July 24: Jo Bar, Portland, OR
Tues, July 25: Catfish Lou's, Portland, OR special guest of Rae Gordon
Aug 6:  CALGARY BLUES FESTIVAL w Toronto based blues harp player/songwriter/singer Sugar Brown
Aug 10: Hollihan's, White Bear Lake, MN
Aug 11: Park Ave Bar, Oshkosh, WI
Aug 12: Schooners, Minneapolis, MN
Aug 13: The Blind Pig, Duluth MN:  Bayfront Blue Fest Afterparty!
Tues Aug 15 and 22: Mission St BBQ, Santa Cruz, CA 6-8 duo shows with special guests
Sat, Aug 19: Tavern on the Green, Windsor, CA solo show 4-6
Thurs, Aug 24: Salt Lake City, TBD
Fri, Aug 25: The Green Pig, Salt Lake City, UT, w Tony Holiday
Sat, Aug 26: Sandy, UT, w Tony Holiday
Sun, Aug 27: The Corner Bar, Fremont, NE 4-8
Mon, Aug 28: The Fremont, Des Moines, IA, solo show
Tues, Aug 29: Shaw's Crab House, Chicago, IL, w Kenny Smith
Thurs, Aug 31: Thursday Night Out Concert, Marion Ct, Downtown Oak Park, IL
Fri, Sept 1: The Smoke Daddy, Chicago, IL
Sat, Sept 2: Celtic Knot Public House, Evanston, IL duo show
Sun, Sept 3: River Roast, Chicago, IL 12-3
Sun, Sept 3: Buddy Guy's Legends, Chicago, IL 9.30-12.30

East Coast Tour!   SEPT 7-19  HIGHLIGHTS INCLUDE 9.9, Chan's, Woonsocket, RI, The Beehive in Boston, and dates in CT, MASS, NJ and NY.  Check the shows page for full details.

More rave reviews are coming in on the new Rockin' Johnny Burgin CD "Neoprene Fedora"-- to listen to it on youtube, click here, and to purchase or download a copy, click here.

Thank you and see you at the shows!


Friday, March 24, 2017

West Tone Records artist: Rockin' Johnny Burgin - Neoprene Fedora - New Release review

I just had the opportunity to review the most recent release, Neoprene Fedora, from Rockin' Johnny Burgin and it's spectacular! I've had the pleasure to review a few Rockin' Johnny releases and also to see him in person and I gotta say, there aren't too many players out there right now that I'd rather see. (Check here to see my recent interview with RJB). He is inventive, his guitar work is clean and distinctive, his vocals are cool and he's music is a lot of fun.

Opening with the title track, Neoprene Fedora, Burgin hits the strip running with a 50's style blues surfer with great great vibrato, and cool phrasing. The Latin beat and the shimmery guitar soloing is out of sight and Nancy Wright's sax work is hot and heavy. Excellent! Joining Burgin are Kid Andersen on guitar, Bob Welsh on guitar, June Core on drums and Chris Matheos on bass. On Guitar King Burgin swings back into his Chicago roots and I really like his vocals. Aki Kumar is back on harp and we know what he can do. Burgin's guitar soloing sets the groove and together with Kumar on harp and Stephen Dougherty on drums...this track hits hard. On Won't Get Married Again, Burgin blends a Bloomfield like vocal delivery with an off beat gait. Playing harp himself and with an odd scatter guitar style, this is a track to hear. Unusually cool. With a slower lope, Give Me An Hour In Your Garden, Burgin delivers solid, expressive vocals with Albert King like sting on guitar. Vance Ehkers bass work on this track helps to set off Burgin's masterful guitar riffs giving this track a memorable sting. Steve Willis opens Kinda Wild Woman, a R&B track, with accordion flair and Billy Wilson's rubbing board work adds to the natural texture.  On Please Tell Me, Burgin's vocals are solid and his slide playing very slick but catch Wright blowing the roof off on this one (on sax). With real Cajun feel, Burgin and Willis create the environment and Welsh adds a nice piano riff giving the track even more texture. Another cool blues swinger, (Let Me Be) Your Teddy Bear has a cool BB King like feel with Rockin' Johnny at his most relaxed, just letting it flow over Ehler's bass line. Very nice. Ultra funky blues track, Smoke and Mirrors even has wah wah pedal. I's funky. Get ready to dance. Burgin steps into new territory on this one and he's channeling Buddy Guy. With Alabama Mike on backing vocals and Kumar on harp, this track is FUNKY! Alabama Mike takes the mic on I Did the Best I Could and Burgin digs in on guitar with Albert King like attack. This guy can really do it all and continues to show that with every note... I mean this guy has feel...excellent! Another Chicago style blues, Self Made Man, features Kumar on lead vocal and Burgin sits back and just stings the strings. You don't have to listen hard to hear this guy. He sticks it in your ear for you. Buddy Guy has to smile listening to this guy!  On shuffle track, You Gotta Work Fast, Burgin is back up front on vocal. With a great walking bass line from Ehlers and Kumar on harp, Burgin steps high with powerful, solid riffs, which seems to pull his vocals even more into the groove. I Ain't Gonna Be A Working Man No More has super Morganfield feel and Burgin reinforces this on guitar (think Rollin' and Tumblin') and playing is straight and simple, this track just moves. Another funky track, My Life's Enough For Me, has a great bass line compliments of Ehler's and nasty, nasty guitar lead. Burgin's vocals really emphasize his work and I'm glad he continues to develop his own voice. Check how he absolutely slays the guitar solo on this one. that's great! Wrapping the release is slow, Willie Dixon like track, Goodbye Chicago with excellent John Lee Hooker like vocal phrasing and Howlin' Wolf like aesthetic by Burgin. Nancy Wright is so excellent every time I hear her and her playing on this track is no exception. The choice to feature her on this release was brilliant. Burgin pays tribute to all the blues kings as he loosely riffs on guitar with Kumar on harp.  This is really is the path of the contemporary blues. I hope that the young players are listening. This is it! Truly amazing release!

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Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Neoprene Fedora New CD release and tour! 

"Neoprene Fedora" Rockin' Johnny Burgin CD release and tour!   

Rockin' Johnny's new CD is OUT and available at all shows and at CD Baby.  "Neoprene Fedora" documents Johnny's move to California after a long and illustrious career in Chicago.  Like his previous effort, "Greetings from Greaseland", this CD shows a true Chi-Cali blues summit going on!  This time around, he's written 11 originals ranging from surf to zydeco to gut-bucket blues.  There's a great mix of talent on this disc: BMA nominees and winners like Kid Andersen on guitar, piano and the recording console, drummers Stephen Dougherty and June Core (Charlie Musselwhite, Little Charley and the Nightcats), guest vocalist Alabama Mike, and saxophonist Nancy Wright, and bassist Vance Ehlers all contribute great performances.  Rising Bay Area harmonica star Aki Kumar contributes two guest vocals and great performances throughout.  Aki and Johnny's remarkable synergy is in great abundance-- you can see why recent tours of their West Coast Meets Chicago package are meeting with rave reviews and capacity crowds.  Steve Willis, long-time accordion player for Elvin Bishop, shines on Johnny's zydeco numbers.  Noted Bay area veteran Bob Welsh, who also plays with Elvin Bishop, plays excellent guitar and piano as well. Rockin Johnny's seventh CD since 1998 shows an artist at the height of his powers as a songwriter, singer and guitarist. Get your copy today.

ON TOUR:   It's been a great tour since 1.31-- 28 dates so far swinging through AZ, NM, TX, MS, IL, IN, WI and MN.  Thank you to all the fans who have been coming out!
Wed, March 15: The Wheelhouse, Waupaca, WI
Thurs, March 16: Lagunitas Tap Room, Chicago, 4.20-7.30   solo show
Thurs: March 16: BLUES on Halsted, Chicago, 9.30-1.30  CD Release Party! ft Bennie Rickum, harp
Fri, March 17: The Smoke Daddy, Chicago, 9-12  CD Release Party! ft Bennie Rickum, harp
Sat, March 18: WLUW 88.7 radio interview w author James Porter, 11 am Chicago
Sat, March 18: KJ McKeown's, Morris, IL 7-11
Sun, March 19: The Blue Goose, Toronto, CANADA, w Gary Kendall and Sugar Brown
Mon-Wed, March 20-22: Recording session w Sugar Brown
Thurs, March 23: Mississippi Queen Foods, Hamilton, ON, CANADA, w Sugar Brown
Sat, March 25: Castro's, Toronto, CANADA, w Sugar Brown
Mon, March 27: Martyr's, Chicago, solo show.  Triple bill with Hugh Trimble and Justin Howl
Thurs, March 30: Sonograph, Le Thor, FRANCE, w Aki Kumar and Demetria Taylor
Fri, March 31: Salais Blues Festival, Salaise Sur Sonne, FRANCE w Aki Kumar and Demetria Taylor
Sat, April 1: Jazz En Nord Festival, FRANCE, w Aki Kumar and Demetria Taylor
Sun, April 2: Pub 23, Kouvola, FINLAND, w Aki Kumar
Sun, April 9: Blues Kitchen, Shoreditch, London, UK, w Big Joe Louis and Aki Kumar
Mon, Tues, April 10-11: dates with Giles Robson and Aki Kumar, details TBA
Thurs, April 13: JAM Club, Moscow. RUSSIA w Aki Kumar  WEST COAST MEETS CHICAGO tour
Fri, April 14: Roadhouse Blues Club, Moscow, RUSSIA, w Aki Kumar
Sat, April 15: Port Arthur, Saint Petersburg, RUSSIA, w Aki Kumar
Wed, April 19: Buddy Guy's Legends, Chicago
Thurs, April 20: Leadbelly's, Champaign, IL w Joe Asselin
Fri, April 21: Joe's Bar, Marysville, KS
Sat, April 22: ZOO Bar, Lincoln, NE double bill w the Iguanas
Sun, April 23: The Corner Bar, Fremont, NE
Mon, April 24: The Garage on Beck, Salt Lake City Utah
Thurs, April 27: made it back to CA!  Little Lou's, Campbell, CA w Aki Kumar and Trickbag from Sweden.
Fri, April 28: Murphy's Law, Sunnyvale, CA, w Aki Kumar and Trickbag
Sat, April 29: The Torch, Sacramento, CA, w Aki Kumar and Trickbag

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See you at the shows and thank you very much!


Sunday, February 12, 2017

Interview with the dynamic Rockin’ Johnny Burgin

Bman: Hi Johnny, Haven’t seen you in a while. I'm really sorry that I missed your show in Phoenix. I was in Europe and just got back. One show I really wanted to see. How did it go?

RJB: I had a great show in Phoenix. "Bob Corritore and " Dave Riley sat in.  I had a great bassist from Alburquerque, J.D. Sipe, and Brian Fahey from The Paladains on drums.  I hadn't played with him since a tour in Europe three or so years ago with Mud Morganfield and Taildragger.

Bman: Wow. That must have been a great show! Damn. I really wanted to see you. Are you coming back again this year?

RJB: I hope to be back in October.

Bman: Great! I should be  good then. I don't think I have anything planned for October. Last I heard you were in Europe with Aki Kumar . I love Europe. How did the tour go? Where were you?

RJB: I left for Europe on Halloween, and got back at Christmas.  The first two weeks of the tour were with Aki Kumar and our West Coast Meets Chicago project.  We hit Sweden (w/ Trickbag ), the Netherlands, and the Bay Car Blues Festival in France and some FR club dates.  Then Aki went home, and I went to Finland, Italy and Spain.   

Bman:  So you’ve been back on US soil for a while. What have you been up to? Still touring or in the studio?

RJB: In January, I was in the Bay area the whole time.  I played New Year's Eve with Nick Gravenites and long time Elvin Bishop drummer Gary Silva on drums. That was fun.  In January, I cut material for a new Rockin Johnny Burgin CD, Neoprene Fedora .

It'll be out by March 15.  I had Nancy Wright on it, Vance Ehlers, June Core (the rhythm section on Greaseland), not to mention 3 zydeco songs I wrote with Billy Williams on rub board and Steve Willis (plays w Elvin) on accordion.  Kid Andersen and Bob Welsh played guitars and pianos, and Aki was on it as well.  He did two songs on vocal, and Alabama Mike did two songs I wrote.  Out of 16 tunes, I did three covers, a Johnny Littlejohn song, an LV Banks song, and a Little Joe Blue Song.  And Aki did a song by Willie Williams, which makes 12 originals-- that's a record.

Bman: Outstanding! I love the stuff that comes out of Greaseland and that lineup is top notch. I'm looking forward to see what you came up with. I also heard that you caught up with Quique Gomez in Spain. Outstanding! I'm really looking forward to hearing it.

RJB: Quique is a good friend, I've worked with him in Spain and America many, many times.  When Aki went home I caught up with him. I cut a cd's worth of stuff with Quique  in Toledo.  It'll come out in the summer. I'm glad we finally did a cd together. 

Bman: Weren’t you also in session with Mike Mettalia?

RJB: Yes, I've known Mike since the Smoke Daddy days in the 90s.  He wanted to do some sessions with Little Jerry Jones, Mary Lane, and Milwaukee Slim (and me!) so I acted as a liaison.  We've done some nice shows together over the years.  He's really keeping the blues alive in my book! 

Bman:  I really need to check that out! What else have you got cooking as if that isn’t enough?

RJB: Right now I'm doing a three month tour that started in San Jose, then went to Phoenix, Alburquerque, Dallas, it's going to  Houston, Clarksdale, Springfield, Chicago, Minneapolis, Toronto, France, Russia, then flying back to Chicago and driving back to SF doing gigs in NE and Utah.   Doing a session with Jeremy Johnson in Minneapolis in March, he's a great engineer (he did RJ Mischo's latest cd) drummer and guitarist.  I've always wanted to record with him.
Also doing a session on this trip with Sugar Brown (Ken Kawashima) in Toronto.  We're old college buddies and started out together with Taildragger He's a great player and songwriter.  

Bman: Yeah, I like Sugar Brown's work. Lot of talent there.

RJB: I am doing a tour in Sweden in May with Aki and Trickbag.  I'm doing the 10th anniversary Blues Fest after party at Reggie's with special guests TBA in Chicago in June.  Also I'm playing the Bluesfest with Mary Lane.  Playing King Biscuit with Taildragger in October  and I'll be touring a lot to promote Neoprene Fedora , as well and my release wtih Quique when it comes out.

Bman: Man. You are a busy guy. Thanks for taking the time to talk with me. Now I got to get some CD's and sit back and enjoy!

RJB: Thanks a lot Bman

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