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Cold Outside

by Bill Johnson

Cold Outside is a blues-based ride through Bill Johnson's latest songs of diverse inspiration, relevant lyrics, and exceptional musicianship.
Genre: Blues: Electric Blues
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Baggage Blues
4:09 $0.99
2. Nine Dollar Bill
3:25 $0.99
3. Night Train
3:43 $0.99
4. Cold Outside
3:25 $0.99
5. True Love
3:39 $0.99
6. My Natural Ability
5:53 $0.99
7. Makes a Fella Nervous
3:31 $0.99
8. Free from My Trouble
3:46 $0.99
9. Angry Guitar
5:11 $0.99
10. Driftin' and Driftin'
5:20 $0.99
11. Angeleen
3:30 $0.99
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Album Notes
Bill Johnson all guitars and vocals
Rick Erickson bass
Darcy Phillips piano and organ
Ross Hall drums songs 1, 2, 5,
Joby Baker drums, (bass and drums song 9)
David Vest piano songs 1,5,7,

All songs written by Bill Johnson (
Produced by Joby Baker and Bill Johnson
Recorded and Mastered at Baker Studios

Bill Johnson is an endorsed artist using
K&K Sound Acoustic Guitar Pickups and Preamps (
Stephenson Amplifiers ( thanks Mark !

All rights reserved. Warning: Unauthorized reproduction of this recording is prohibited by law.

Bill Johnson has been playing blues for over 40 years. A master guitarist, musician, and vocalist, Bill has developed his own brand of laid-back, soul-thumping blues while living on Vancouver Island. Whether on his own, or performing with his band, his unique style and beautiful tone reveal a rare passion for the blues. A Juno nomination in 2012, and four Maple Blues award nominations have earned him a place among the countries best blues artists. From a slow burn to a blast of blues energy, his show is not to be missed. With every new town and performance comes many new amazed fans, as he works his way coast to coast.

- Nominated for Canadian Juno Award for Best Blues Recording 2012.
- Nominated for Toronto Blues Societies Maple Blues Award for: Guitarist of the Year 2006, Songwriter of the Year 2011, Electric Act of the Year 2011, Recording of the year 2011.
- WMCA Nominee Best Blues Recording 2011
- Won the Blewzzy Award 2010 for: Best Song, Best Album

Getting to Know Bill Johnson - Previous Album Reviews

EB-Bluesday CKUW, Winnipeg MB
"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!"

BILL JOHNSON STILL BLUE, European Blues Magazine Rootstime
"Bill Johnson, the name might not say much to you at this time, but we hope with “Still Blue” this will change soon. The man started as a 9 year old playing the guitar and according to his own saying was in the beginning mainly influenced by Chuck Berry, the Stones and Eric Clapton. Later on he studied the styles of BB King and Elmore James among others. In 2006 he was nominated for the Maple Blues Award "Best Guitarist" for his cd simply titled “Live”. Not taking a break he continued working on another surprising authentic Country-blues style album called “Worksongs”.
With this cd "Still Blue" he's opened doors to the European Blues fans/lovers. Eight self written or co-written songs and four excellent covers together made an album which grabs your attention from the beginning until the end.

Our End-year chart list was already in when we wrote this review, otherwise sympathetically this Canadian would have been part of it.

The covers of Walker’s “T-Bone Blues” and Willie Dixon’s “300 Pounds Of Heavenly Joy”, are excellent examples of a perfectly done job. These two and Bill Johnson’s own songs are of the same high quality level.
We could not help but pick out one song. The phenomenal “Half The Man”, with brilliant guitar work, is a real candidate for blues song of the year. Sometimes it makes me think of Al Stone, and then again Chris Rea. The magnificent soulful singing, a two and a half minute guitar solo that even would have Eric Clapton applauding, completes it really as a world class song."

John Vermilyea - Blues Underground Network June 21, 2011
"Still Blue" was released in 2010 and was described as Bill Johnson's breakout CD, a statement I find hard to believe, yet not surprising, as I know an awful lot of great Blues Artists, particularly in Canada, for whom the mainstream of so called Blues Music Fans, have just not yet woken up to. It is certainly a sad commentary when an Artist, as talented as Bill Johnson is, still remain widely unknown, despite all the contributions they have made to the Canadian Blues Scene. Recognition however, for what I consider to not only be Bill Johnson's best work to date, but also what I consider to be one of the better Blues Albums I have had the good fortune to listen to, so far for 2011, did not take long to materialize, with "Still Blue" winning not one, but two Blewzzy Awards from the highly respected, 2010 Best Blues CD and 2010 Best Song "Half the Man". This in addition to many rave reviews, will hopefully be the catalyst needed to wake up a lot of Blues fans to Bill's music.



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Eric V.

Two big thumbs up!
This impressive, soulful compilation, ranging from gritty blues, to blues rock, to Van Morrison-esque soul, will easily hook you in.
Bill definitely brightens up this genre with his pure, original, moving, and soulful musicianship. This is one of his most authentic creations to date...a life-affirming dance with darkness.

This new release belongs in everyone's collection. Highly recommended!!