David Johnston | Carnival of the Soul

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Carnival of the Soul

by David Johnston

from the writer of the Peter Wolf(J. Geils Band) hit, 'I Dont Wanna Know'. This recording features Marty Ballou on upright bass and John Sands on drums with jOHNsToN on the National steel guitar. 13 original songs that display huge range and depth....
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1. I Cant Be Satisfied
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2. She Looks Like a Christmas Tree
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3. Smell the Coffee
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4. Casting Pearls
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5. Revelation
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6. Howling At the Moon
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7. Lada
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8. I Dont Wanna Know
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9. Honolulu
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10. Dark Was the Night
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11. On the Bright Side
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12. Lost in the Wood
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13. But a Dream
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14. There Will Be a Happy Meeting in Glory (Traditional)
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David Johnston, ‘Carnival of the Soul’
ALBUM REVIEW | Folk
THIS STORY APPEARED IN THE BOSTON GLOBE
Boston Articles
January 14, 2012|By Steve Morse

David Johnston is known for his down-and-dirty, electric blues-rock, but this new album - his first in nearly a decade - is a surprise. The longtime veteran of the local scene put together an acoustic trio with himself on guitar, backed by Peter Wolf bandmember Marty Ballou on standup bass, and John Sands (who tours with Aimee Mann) on a simple drum kit. The results are shocking at first - his usual electric guitarist, Chris Rival, produced the record - then grow on you dramatically. Johnston’s raw emotions and affectingly quirky phrasings have never been better showcased. He has an intimate way of addressing love’s rights and wrongs, from the the blunt ballad “Smell the Coffee’’ to the seductive sway of “Casting Pearls.’’ The sonics have a wide range, from gutbucket blues to the recitative, Leonard Cohen-style “Dark Was the Night,’’ the Paul Simon-ish Afro-pop of “Lada,’’ and the gospel stride of the traditional, “There Will Be a Happy Meeting in Glory.’’ It’s the only non-original, but sweeps the album to an upbeat end. (Out now)

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