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The Land of Dreams

by Jelly Roll Johnson

Hot harmonica tribute to the music of New Orleans with soulful renditions of jazz and blues classics.
Genre: Jazz: New Orleans Jazz
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Basin Street Blues
4:56 $0.99
2. Didn't He Ramble
4:42 $0.99
3. Do You Know What It Means to Miss New Orleans
3:46 $0.99
4. Li'l Liza Jane
3:16 $0.99
5. St. James Infirmary
4:43 $0.99
6. Tipitina
3:25 $0.99
7. Louisiana 1927
3:18 $0.99
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Album Notes
Acclaimed harmonica player Jelly Roll Johnson delivers this emotional tribute to the music of New Orleans with a stellar band featuring Pat Bergeson on guitar, John Jarvis on piano, Charlie Chadwick on bass, and Chris Brown on drums. With classic tunes such as "Basin Street Blues," "Didn't He Ramble," and "St. James Infirmary," Jelly and the band pay homage to the spirit of New Orleans. A fun romp of Li'l Liza Jane also features Pat on a harmonica solo and Pat and Jelly on bass harp! The album closes with Professor Longhair's classic song "Tipitina" and Randy Newmans's moving "Louisiana 1927."

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 39 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 to 1989, 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 60 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 and 2008 from the Academy of Country Music.

Jelly regularly performs at Nashville's world-famous Bluebird Cafe with hit songwriters Fred Knobloch, Thom Schuyler, and Tony Arata.
Jelly Roll Johnson is an exclusive endorser of Hohner harmonicas.



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PT Gazell

The Real Thing
Though I would pass on my thoughts about Jelly Roll Johnson’s latest recording “The Land Of Dreams.” For those of you who don’t know, Jelly Roll is originally from Louisiana. His musical thoughts and style drip with that influence. This project is one that I suspect was something he wanted to do for some time.
Like his previous release “Come Rain Or Come Shine,” this is another EP containing 7 cuts. If you have been to the French Quarter in New Orleans and heard how the musicians approach songs, then you already know how this EP sounds real! The sonic quality of this project will make you believe you are sitting in a club and hearing it happen. I think it really captures the spirit of the music. I had the pleasure of Mastering this project, and we worked hard to preserve what he and the other musicians achieved.
Here is a rundown of the songs:
A few observations from my standpoint:
“Basin Street Blues” is a great way to open the EP. As usual Jelly sets the stage with that big thick the way he phrases like a cross between a trumpet and clarinet, all the while making sure it still sounds like a HARMONICA.
“Do You Know What It Means To Miss New Orleans.” This classic has always been perfectly suited to the harmonica and Jelly turns in a wonderful straight ahead performance on Chromatic. Pat Bergeson plays some really nice acoustic guitar on this one....nothing fancy just correct.
Li’l Liza Jane....this may be my favorite. This cut is nothing short of fun! Jelly gives Pat Bergeson a chance to play some harmonica on this one as well and the end of the cut is nothing short of big harmonica party. They both also play some Bass harmonica on this cut. Fun fun fun!
“St. James Infirmary.” This really sounds like “Preservation Jazz Hall Band” stuff. John Jarvis turns in a great piano solo on this one.
“Louisiana” This is the last cut on the EP and Jelly’s soul on this Randy Newman epic is fantastic. OK I lied, this may be my favorite (also.)
Jelly Roll always delivers and this project is no exception. Makes me want to go record again....yeah I know I been sayin’ that for awhile!!!
PT Gazell