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Album Review

Since many modern blues musicians are loath to break away from the norm, Big Jack Johnson can come as a shock. Johnson is determined to keep the blues a vital, living form, so he doesn't simply spit out the old standards again — he writes new songs about modern times, whether it's social commentary or love songs. Not only are his subjects fresh, but he makes sure that his music is fresh too, bringing funk and soul influences to his electrified Delta blues. In short, it fulfills the promise of Daddy, When Is Mama Coming Home by keeping its ambition and adding the grit of Oil Man, Rovi

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Great Blues by a Soulful Blues Man

Turned on to this blues artist through Pandora. I love this recording. I must confess that my blues band will be covering several of these songs in the near future. I would pay particular attention to Black Rooster. Really worth your time and money. His passing in 2011 represents a great loss to the blues world. Long live the Jelly roll Kings.

Biography

Born: July 30, 1940 in Lambert, MS

Genre: Blues

Years Active: '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s

Contemporary Mississippi blues didn't get any nastier than in Big Jack Johnson's capable hands. The ex-oil truck driver's axe cut like a rusty machete, his rough-hewn vocals a siren call to Delta passion. But he was a surprisingly versatile songwriter; Daddy, When Is Mama Comin' Home, his ambitious 1990 set for Earwig, found him tackling issues as varied as AIDS, wife abuse, and Chinese blues musicians in front of slick, horn-leavened arrangements. Big Jack Johnson was a chip off the old block...
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