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Songs From The Record World

by Jelly Roll Johnson

A soulful mix of blues and jazz classics from harmonica wizard Jelly Roll Johnson, backed by a rock-solid trio of Pat Bergeson on guitar, Dave Pomeroy on bass, and Chris Brown on drums.
Genre: Blues: Harmonica Blues
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Key To The Highway
3:34 $0.99
2. Please Send Me Someone To Love
4:38 $0.99
3. In A Sentimental Mood
4:43 $0.99
4. Hallelujah I Love Her So
3:14 $0.99
5. Everybody's Cryin' Mercy
4:15 $0.99
6. Walkin' After Midnight
4:04 $0.99
7. Don't Let The Sun Catch You Cryin'
4:52 $0.99
8. Just For A Thrill
3:25 $0.99
9. Busted
4:30 $0.99
10. Goodbye Pork Pie Hat
4:31 $0.99
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Album Notes
This instrumental release showcases Jelly Roll’s emotional harmonica on classics that range from his hauntingly romantic chromatic on “In a Sentimental Mood” to his down and dirty blues harp on “Everybody’s Cryin’ Mercy” to the joyful “Hallelujah I Love Her So.” Jelly Roll’s latest instrumental offering was inspired by some of the songs he first heard at Jerry’s Record World in Cleveland, Tennessee in 1972. “I discovered blues by Little Walter and Paul Butterfield, jazz by Charles Mingus and Duke Ellington, and the genius of Ray Charles,” Jelly says. “It was a life-changing experience for me, and I hope this album will pay tribute to that music.”

Kirk "Jelly Roll" Johnson’s distinctive, soulful style of harmonica has earned him critical acclaim, numerous awards, and a place among Nashville’s top session musicians.

A native of Lake Charles, Louisiana, Jelly Roll’s career has spanned 35 years. He began playing harmonica at age 19 in Cleveland, Tennessee. After touring with several rock, blues and country groups, he settled in Knoxville to work with the Tommy Cole Band. From 1979 to1989, Jelly Roll played concerts and club dates all across America with Warner Brothers recording artist Con Hunley. The group opened for acts such as Alabama, The Oak Ridge Boys, Loretta Lynn and Emmylou Harris.

Since moving to Nashville in 1984, he has recorded with Trisha Yearwood, Kenny Rogers, Etta James, Guy Clark, Lee Ann Womack, Travis Tritt, Shania Twain, The Judds, Alan Jackson and many others. His unique sound has been heard on over 50 gold and platinum albums, including three Grammy winning albums by Randy Travis.

Jelly Roll has made numerous television appearances with various artists, including Faith Hill on “Late Show with David Letterman,” Alan Jackson and Jamie O’Neal on “Tonight Show with Jay Leno,” Trisha Yearwood and the Judds on the “Country Music Association Awards Show,” and Con Hunley on “Austin City Limits” and “Soundstage.”

In 1998, Jelly Roll won the Nashville Music Award for Best Wind Instrumentalist. After receiving nominations for 1998 and 2000, he won the best Specialty Instrument Award for 2003 from the Academy of Country Music.

Jelly regularly performs at Nashville’s world-famous Bluebird Café with hit songwriters Fred Knobloch, Thom Schuyler, Tony Arata and Don Schlitz.



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PT Gazell

"Long Overdue & Well Worth The Wait"
For those of us who pay attention to who’s behind the music on hit records, Jelly Roll Johnson is no stranger. His credits over the last 20 years, reads like a who’s who of Country Music. So, when Jelly Roll releases a CD with his harmonica playing front and center, it makes me sit up and take notice.

A distinct departure from his last release “Jelly Roll Johnson & A Few Close Friends” which had Jelly Roll doing what he’s known for in the business, great backing work with songwriters, this project has the spotlight directed firmly on Jelly Roll.

“Songs From The Record World” is genuine, it’s round, it’s smoky, it’s dark, it’s tasteful… it’s good! Backed by top-flight players, Chris Brown, Dave Pomeroy, and Pat Bergeson, Jelly Roll pours emotion into every track with all the finesse one would expect of a seasoned musician, but oft times lacking in studio pros.

From the first :30 seconds of “Key To The Highway” you know how good this is going to be. The rhythm section is sparse, but extremely tasteful, providing a great platform for Jelly Roll to convey his message.

Of special note are the following: “Goodbye Pork Pie Hat” which displays his command of the 10 hole diatonic. The Duke Ellington song, “In A Sentimental Mood,” which showcases his chops on chromatic. And my favorite cut, “Don’t Let The Sun Catch You Crying” which is reason enough to buy the CD.

Jelly Roll plays the way all Blues harmonica wanna be’s think they sound. Get the CD and see what I’m talking about.

PT Gazell

Grant Dermody

All Star Side Man Shines On His Own
This is a tremendous recording by a top-drawer musician and a true master of the harmonica. Jelly Roll makes it crystal clear what it means to serve the song with his instrument. Tone, ideas, musicianship, chops? Jelly Roll Johnson has it all and more. So does this CD!