Whitey Johnson review…August 12, 2019….

WHITEY JOHNSON

MORE DAYS LIKE THIS

BLUE CORN MUSIC  BCM 1910

MORE DAYS LIKE THIS–STARTING A RUMOR–SOUL SHINE–FRICTION–IF IT’S REALLY GOTTA BE THIS WAY–THE BLUES IS ALIVE AND WELL–SKIN DEEP–UPSIDE OF LONELY–HOLD WHAT I GOT–HIGH TIME

Whitey Johnson is the blues-playin’, dues-payin’ alter ego of Texas native and Nashville resident (since 1980) Gary Nicholson.  No matter by what name, the man is a songwriting legend, and is a member of the Texas Heritage Songwriters Association Hall Of Fame.  He’s written songs for Garth, Trisha, Reba, Delbert, Buddy, and so many others it would fill up the Greater Nashville phone directory to list ’em all.  His latest set is entitled “More Days Like This,” for Blue Corn Music, ten cuts written in whole or in part by Whitey and some of  popular music’s best writers.

On this set, Whitey is on vocals and guitar, along with Colin Linden on guitar, Dana Robbins on sax, Quentin Ware on trumpet, Kevin McKendree on keys, Delbert on harp, and a host of other Music City notables as backing contributors.  Throughout these cuts, Whitey looks at falling in love, falling out of love, and how to cope with the in-betweens.  He leads off with the title cut, a sweet shot of summery soul, as he finds that one special lover, and longs for “More Days Like This, more nights like that.”  A song written by Whitey, Donnie Fritts and the great Arthur Alexander is another shot of Sixties-inspired soul, a classic “goodbye” song, “If It’s Really Gotta Be This Way.”  Tremolo guitar adds to its authenticity, and it served as one of our favorites,

We had two other favorites, both co-written by Tom Hambridge.  Racial inequality is addressed thru a song brought to national attention by Buddy Guy, “Skin Deep.”  Then, a man reaping the benefits of the single life again, such as “never having to hear from that mother-in-law,” is the slide-guitar lope of the definitive “Upside Of Lonely,”  which features Delbert on harp!

Whitey Johnson is an incredible writer and performer, and his legacy is as big as Texas.  Grab that bottle of wine and that good ol’ West Coast Smoke and sit back, relax, and enjoy “More Days Like This.”  Until next time…Sheryl and Don Crow, The Nashville Blues And Roots Alliance.

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