Jonathon Long review…September 13, 2018….

JONATHON LONG

JONATHON LONG

WILD HEART RECORDS  WH 1001

BURY ME–SHINE YOUR LOVE–THAT’S WHEN I KNEW–THE LIGHT–LIVING THE BLUES–NATURAL GIRL–THE RIVER–POUR ANOTHER DRINK–THIS ROAD–WHERE LOVE WENT WRONG–PRAY FOR ME

Jonathon Long is a troubadour in every sense of the word.  Drawing from the deep wells that inspired Louisiana legends Lazy Lester, Silas Hogan, Buddy Guy, and a legion of others.  His latest set, for Samantha Fish’s Wild Heart Records, is self-titled, and is a blend of ten originals and one cut written by Kenny Tudrick, drummer for the Detroit Cobras.  These songs evoke characters from everyday life, and is full of their hopes, dreams, and, sadly, their despair.

Opening the program is a song that might well serve one day as Jonathon’s epitaph.  “Bury Me” has our hero requesting that he be remembered as not one who spreads hate, but, rather, “peace, love, Louisiana, and the heavens above.”  A poignant reference to a lover two years dead is for her to “Shine Your Love on down,” to be used as his “guiding light.”  He gets in a good shot at the “one percent,” where, “if you can’t afford to feed your family, you’re Living The Blues!”  This one, with that pointed message, was one of our favorites.  Samantha Fish is on guitar and duet vocal on “The River,” along with Michael Harvey on fiddle.

Our other favorite is a good, old-fashioned drinking song, the Van Morrison-esque “Pour Another Drink,” as our hero “can hardly keep my head from hitting the ground!”  The set closes with Jonathon asking us all to “Pray For Me, so that we may never feel pain again,” with his guitar blazing a scorching trail straight from Baton Rouge to the Promised Land!

Jonathon Long used to carry the nickname “Boogie” as a young’un, due to his penchant for playing shuffles.  Well, “Boogie” is long gone, but a staunch bluesman lives on, and this self-titled excursion is a testimony to the Louisiana legacy he carries on!  Until next time…Sheryl and Don Crow, The Nashville Blues Society.

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