(Earwig Records CD 4948)
by Dick Houff
Review date: September 2001
1999 KBA Award Winner|
Achievement for Blues on the Internet
Presented by the Blues Foundation
Every city has that one special performer that stands apart from the pack. Chicago, on the other hand, has more than you can imagine. But in Johnny Drummer's case; I get the feeling that he is truly that one special person. I've caught his shows over the years and always walked away with a feeling of total satisfaction. His stage presence is
commanding, and his personality is heartwarming. He prefers his own material; soulful and memorable moments-a true romantic with an edge. Johnny can rock the house with his own distinctive Chicago style blues; his ballads and duets with other artists are beyond description-beautiful and sexy-oh yes! it's all there. On this second
album with Earwig, he takes you into some new turf. The first two songs: I'm Gonna Sell My Cadillac, Buy Myself A Mule, and Born In The Delta, are perfect Chicago styling to the max. It's quite obvious, that the fourteen tracks on this session were well planned. Drummer is a professional and his arrangements for this session really show-the guy's a master; mark my words. Well chosen guest artists are always a highlight, and with Liz Mandville Greeson (Everyone loves Liz!) sharing vocals you get a double threat! Track #4: Stop Cheating, is worth the price of the disc! But don't let that throw you off; lend an ear to Track #11: Unleaded Blues, an instrumental spotlighting the band-this
is the house shuffle for you and your partner! Johnny hits you hard with the following track: Fall Out Of Love, and doesn't let up. The last two songs on the disc: Take Care Of Your Homework, and Somebody Please Give Me A Job, are "Top Ten Contenders!" This album is a heavyweight with a whole lot of moves-dig it!
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