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Showing posts with label Ramblin' From Coast To Coast. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Ramblin' From Coast To Coast. Show all posts

Thursday, June 13, 2024

Straight Shooter Records artist: Johnny Burgin - Ramblin' From Coast To Coast - New Release Review

 I just had the opportunity to review the most recent release, Ramblin' From Coast To Coast, from Johnny Burgin and it's an excellent new addition to his already great output. There's a reason that Johnny is one of my favorite players out there...and this is it! Opening with title track, rocker, Ramblin' From Coast To Coast, Johnny Burgin, who's a good enough a singer to front about any band in the country, on lead vocal and guitar getting things rolling, backed by Danny Banks on drums, Christian Dozzler on piano, Jon Hay on bass and with Jad Tariq on guitar. Solid opener. Up next is Gettin' My Blues On, with heavy a Curtis Mayfield vibe. This song is so good it's downright spooky. Johnny's vocals are soulful and his guitar work strong. Banks on drums, Hay with a great bass line, Barry Seelen on organ and Lisa Leuschner Andersen, Marina Crouse, Jill Dineen on backing vocals, I can't wait to hear this one live. There's a lot of Chicago in Silently Suffering, an easy shuffle with Reo Casey on drums, Mike Morgan on bass, and really nice piano work by Dozzler leading a great pathway for Johnny's fluid and gripping guitar lead. Very nice. Johnny rips a great track, Cincinatti Boogie with a great guitar rhythm under his vocal and Ben Levin really rolling on piano. Burgin cuts loose with a rockabilly style guitar solo that just flies from his fingers. Very cool. Burgin pulls a slide for Fresno Woman showing another side I've rarely seen. His style is pure Chicago and with Hanna PK on piano, another great track. Rae Gordon has the mic on Older and Wiser, a super up tempo blue track with Dozzler on piano, Banks on drums, Jon Hay on bass, Tariq on guitar and with some wicked good guitar riffs by Burgin. Wrapping the release is a real solid blues track, Never Tried To Get Ahead. Burgin belts out the lyrics and answers his call with sympathetic guitar response. His vocals keep getting better and his guitar phrasing more coherent. Joined by Hanna on piano, Chris Matheos on bass, David Plouffe on drums this is an excellent closer for possibly Burgin's most complete effort. Very strong release!

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