Rockin’ Johnny Burgin and Quique Gomez review…February 24, 2019…..

ROCKIN’ JOHNNY AND QUIQUE GOMEZ

DOS HOMBRES WANTED

VIZZTONE  VT JB01

YOUR CHARM WON’T HELP YOU–TAKE IT LIKE IT IS–YOU CAN’T STEAL MY SUGAR–THE JINX–FUNNY BUT TRUE–AIN’T NO HIGH ROLLER–EVERYBODY LOVES MY BABY–COFFEE CAN BLUES–LIVIN DAY TO DAY–OTRO HOMBRE–STEP IT UP BRO–THE RIGHT TO HURT ME–ARE YOU EVER–DON’T BLAME SHORTY

We’ve been friends with Rockin’ Johnny Burgin goin’ all the back to his “Straight Outta Chicago” days for Delmark back ’round 1998.  He now calls the San Fran Bay Area his home, and, for his Vizztone Records debut, he is paired with a solid harp-meister from Madrid, Spain.  Yup–Quique Gomez and Johnny have combined their monster talents for a scalding tribute to both contemporary and old-school, Chicago-styled blues, the aptly-titled “Dos Hombres Wanted!”   Johnny is on guitars throughout, and on vocals for eight cuts, and Quique is on harp for all but one cut, and on the vocal for six.  Another of our old friends, he who is “four foot and 30 inches tall,”  Christian Dozzler, is on keys and accordion.

Nothin’ but fun to be had here, so let’s get started.  Batting leadoff is Johnny on vocal on one of his originals, an ode to a not-so-good lover, “Your Charm Won’t Help You,” with Quique wailin’ on harp.  Now, Quique knows a little ’bout singing, as he sings Sinatra covers in a band back in his native Spain, so he’s right at home with the freight train boogie of “You Can’t Steal My Sugar,” the slowed-down-and-low-down blues of Robert Lockwood’s “Funny But True,” and the Spanish-language lope of “Otro Hombre.”

We had two favorites, too.  Johnny gets into a cool slow-blues groove on the tongue-in-cheek “Coffee Can Blues,” written by Ilana Katz Katz.  And, everybody has one helluva good time with the tale of Johnny’s lover, ’cause, sho’ nuff, “Everybody Loves My Baby,” but, “her love is just for me.”

Rockin’ Johnny Burgin has seen the Grim Reaper disguised as Man’s Temptation while wearing a Neoprene Fedora.  His new partner in crime, Quique Gomez, makes “Dos Hombres Wanted” a cool listen, indeed!  Until next time….Sheryl and Don Crow, The Nashville Blues And Roots Alliance.

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