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Sings the Blues

by Bonefish Johnny

Singer/songwriter guitarist of legendary Florida bands Groove Thangs and Shack Daddys explores soulful sounds and celebrates a scene with guest appearances by blues artists Albert Castiglia, JP Soars and others.
Genre: Blues: Rhythm & Blues
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Ego Trip
4:42 $0.99
2. I Want To (Do Everything for You)
2:59 $0.99
3. Issues
4:36 $0.99
4. Soulshake
2:59 $0.99
5. Last Night
2:49 $0.99
6. Millions, Billions, Trillions
2:13 $0.99
7. Break Every Mirror
3:37 $0.99
8. I Wanna Get Next to You
5:07 $0.99
9. Band Doll
3:06 $0.99
10. Lost and Looking
2:18 $0.99
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Album Notes
Taking its title and imagery from concept records that were once a rite of passage in American song, "Bonefish Johnny Sings The Blues" is both tribute and celebration, a South Florida roots rocker exploring personal connections to the genre with help from the region's top blues players.

The album's foundational covers range from a heartfelt note-perfect rendering of Little Walter's "Last Night" (with old friend Cadillac Chuck on harmonica) to thumping country R&B like "Soul Shake" (with singer Nicole Yarling and picker Jack Shawde) and the Joe Tex classic "I Want To Do (Everything For You)" featuring late blues rocker David Shelley on lead vocals and guitar. Albert Collins' "Ego Trip" gets redone with funky bass from local legend Kilmo and stinging leads by guitar outlaw Billy Vazquez, while little known swamp gem "Band Doll" is reenacted with rollicking horns starring James Brown saxman Jeff Watkins.

If faithful renditions seem atypical of Bonefish Johnny's better known penchant for rearrangement, then more characteristic of the artist is classic 70's slow jam "I Wanna Get Next to You" recast as a deep soul ballad featuring moody slide guitar from Raiford Starke. But when the singer bares himself raw on Sam Cooke's ultra spare "Lost and Looking," darker paths beckon for the album's original songs. "Millions, Billions and Trillions" may be a swinging jump tune punctuated with burning harmony from red hot blues picker JP Soars, but as a riposte against Wall Street it's rightly cold. "Break Every Mirror" hurls withering invective at passing reflections, with its rocking freak beat and mod organ flourishes incessant and judgmental. "Issues" is probably the album's centerpiece, a frosty funk groove of uneasy confessions overlaid with blood curdling guitar licks from renowned bluesman Albert Castiglia.

Fronted by Bonefish Johnny's voice and rhythm guitar, the 10 track collection is held together by the bass, drums and keyboards of Bob Taylor and producer Jeff Renza. A collaboration going back decades, their mutual affinity for roots music enabled Johnny's idea of a concept album.

"The blues is not a genre, it's an element," declares Bonefish, explaining the unified field theory behind this record and his music in general. Presenting not just a diverse set of songs, "Bonefish Johnny Sings The Blues" represents for a scene, featuring contributions from musicians who inspired him as well as those he has inspired. Funky, soulful, eclectic, it is the sound of a milieu personified by this unique artist.



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