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Blues Review Magazine (2012-09-28)

 

Blues Review Magazine

 

Bill Johnson contributes eight originals to his Still Blue, each one a fine example of a contemporar...Bill Johnson contributes eight originals to his Still Blue, each one a fine example of a contemporary blues song, not merely a retread of a familiar 12 bar theme, and each sung in his evocative voice. The variety of approaches, from the sneaky slide on “Another One” to the crisp lead guitar midway between Cray and Knopfler on “Habitual Survivor” is invigorating. Very hip phrases and a hard-luck lyric make the minor-key “Half The Man” stand out. Johnson shows he can reliably deliver straight blues on his shuffle “Old Les Paul Guitar” and three well-chosen covers from Slim Harpo, T-Bone Walker, and Howlin’ Wolf. Lee Roy Parnell’s roadhouse rocker “Red Hot” rounds out the set. A gem of an album!

John the Rock Doctor Review

 

I’ve been a fan since I saw Bill play at an annual general meeting of the Victoria Blues Society a c...I’ve been a fan since I saw Bill play at an annual general meeting of the Victoria Blues Society a couple of years ago. This follow up to 2007’s magnificent “Work Songs” was released in 2010, and is currently up for the WCMA Best Blues Recording, and no wonder- it is supple and magnificent, likely his breakout album.

 

Bill’s been playing guitar since age 9, but it wasn’t the blues that got to him first. “Chuck Berry is the one that did it for me” Johnson notes on his website. “Chuck made me want to play.” That much is obvious when you listen to a song like “Red Hot”. In the 70’s and 80’s he was drawn into the blues by studying masters such as BB King and T-Bone Walker, and hasn’t looked back since.

 

Where “Work Songs” was rough around the edges in a very satisfying way “Still Blue” is more polished. Unlike other bluesmen such as his friend David Gogo, Johnson prefers a more laid back approach to the blues. “My music isn’t aboutenergy, energy, energy” he told me in an email, “I have many different feels; finger style, slide, flat picked, fast, lyrical, laid back., swampy- I suppose it’s all about what you like.” That’s why “Still Blue” works so well- it’s a combination of styles that works when you get all these songs together. From the fun loving and up tempo “300 Pounds Of Heavenly Joy” (I first heard it by Howlin’ Wolf) to the slow, lonesome burn of a song like “Half The Man”, Johnson touches all the bases. His voice certainly suits the blues, and as guitarist I’d put him in the same league as Duke Robillard, he’s that good. If you’re into the blues but don’t yet know Bill Johnson, get started with a visit to CD Baby.

 

Sweet Spots; “Half The Man”, “Fishing With Your Boots On”, “Worked To Death”, “300 Pounds Of Heavenly Joy”

 

“Still Blue” Bill Johnson

 

I’ve been a fan since I saw Bill play at an annual general meeting of the Victoria Blues Society a c...I’ve been a fan since I saw Bill play at an annual general meeting of the Victoria Blues Society a couple of years ago.  This follow up to 2007’s magnificent “Work Songs” was released in 2010, and is currently up for the WCMA Best Blues Recording, and no wonder- it is supple and magnificent, likely his breakout album.

Bill’s been playing guitar since age 9, but it wasn’t the blues that got to him first. “Chuck Berry is the one that did it for me” Johnson notes on his website. “Chuck made me want to play.”  That much is obvious when you listen to a song like “Red Hot”. In the 70’s and 80’s he was drawn into the blues by studying masters such as BB King and T-Bone Walker, and hasn’t looked back since.

Where “Work Songs” was rough around the edges in a very satisfying way “Still Blue” is more polished.  Unlike other bluesmen such as his friend David Gogo, Johnson prefers a more laid back approach to the blues. “My music isn’t aboutenergy, energy, energy” he told me in an email, “I have many different feels; finger style, slide, flat picked, fast, lyrical, laid back., swampy- I suppose it’s all about what you like.”  That’s why “Still Blue” works so well- it’s a combination of styles that works when you get all these songs together. From the fun loving and up tempo “300 Pounds Of Heavenly Joy” (I first heard it by Howlin’ Wolf) to the slow, lonesome burn of a song like “Half The Man”, Johnson touches all the bases.  His voice certainly suits the blues, and as guitarist I’d put him in the same league as Duke Robillard, he’s that good.  If you’re into the blues but don’t yet know Bill Johnson, get started with a visit to CD Baby. Sweet Spots; “Half The Man”, “Fishing With Your Boots On”, “Worked To Death”, “300 Pounds Of Heavenly Joy” John the Rock Doctor, Alberta Canada

"I am not in the least surprised that Bill was nominated for Best Blues Album for the 2012 Junos. From the opening track Fishing With Your Boots On, all the way to the last note of Remote Control Man, this album kept me mesmerized! A must for any Blues collection!"

 





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