Dry Johnson review…October 15, 2018….

DRY JOHNSON

LONG LIVE THEM BLUES, VOL. 1

CONNOR RAY MUSIC   CRM 1805

DJ INTRO–DADDY’S GOT A CADILLAC–LONG LIVE THEM BLUES–HIT THE HIGHWAY–DRUNK GIRL WITH A TAMBOURINE–TOO MANY HIPSTERS–JUKE JOINT–I WALK ALONE–TRASHY WOMEN AND CHEAP GUITARS–FRIED CHICKEN–LITTLE BIRD

Dry Johnson combines the talents of bassist Terry Dry and drummer Matthew Robert Johnson, who have backed bluesman Mike Zito for the last two years, altho the two have been playing together for more than twenty years, backing numerous players on stages all over the world.  Connor Ray music is proud to release “Long Live Them Blues, Vol. 1,” which features Dry Johnson in both a backing role for a literal “who’s who” in Texas contemporary blues, as well as a few lead vocals on their own.

A cool radio intro opens up, courtesy of DJ R. Christian Tucker, before giving way to one of our favorites.  Mike Zito and Annika Chambers play the beleaguered lovers in “Daddy’s Got A Cadillac, mama drives a mule!”  The title cut features The Mighty Orq on guitar and Steve Krase blowin’ harp over Trudy Lynn’s vocal, as she name-checks everyone you can think of to cement her claim that “the blues is here to stay!”  Local Houston hero Kevin “Snit” Fitzpatrick  is on vocals on the roadhouse-rockin’, deadly combo of a “Drunk Girl With A Tambourine,” while Jonn Del Toro Richardson offers up a unique cover that served as another favorite,  the delicious slow-burn of Johnny Guitar Watson’s “Hit The Highway,”

The Mighty Orq and James Wilhite on guitars aided and abetted our other favorite.  Dry is on lead vocal, and this one has a strong honky-tonk swing to it, as “down by the county line,” we all go “down to the Juke Joint!”

The players involved with this project are all blues legends, and Dry Johnson, as both rhythm section and lead players, drives this one all the way from Katy to Katmandu!  Until next time…Sheryl and Don Crow, The Nashville Blues Society.

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