The Wheatsheaf Hotel, 39 George St Thebarton Saturday 16th January 9pm. Free entry show.
Mike Hotz, Radio Adelaide Saturday Blues has reviewed Mustang Blues, below.
You can pick up your (Signed) hard copy at the CD launch.
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Right from the album’s first cut “Hey Baby” the guitar reign supreme, and the listener is aware that here is something special, and original. John wrote all ten songs on this album showing us he is a more-than capable songwriter in addition to his splendid guitar playing. Walker settles into a great groove with “The Devil Follows Me” and the album’s title track, the faster paced, “Mustang Blues”. “Funkify” is a romping little instrumental allowing Walker the opportunity to stretch out and show off a little, and I must mention his rhythm section here too, rock solid. The synergy between Peter Harris on bass and drummer Frank Diorio is evident, and John Earl must smile knowing those two are so good and dependable.
“I’m Already Gone”, a song filled with righteous indignation and attitude really get my juices flowing, and the mood continues “My Mama Told Me”, a song full of good advice every young man should listen to, especially from his mother. “Superstorm Sandy” comes next and is my highlight from this superb album. This destructive hurricane hit John’s hometown in 2012, and he lost much of his life’s possessions (along with his apartment), so in true Blues fashion, along comes a song which I hope will become a part of the Blues “disaster” lexicon.
The funky “Readjust” is next in line, and I’m not convinced that I enjoy it all that much, although there is some seriously great guitar moments. “One Plus One” soon follows and all is good once more. The album closes out with the faster paced, “Even Up The Score”. It’s another bold, brassy statement with even more stunning guitar work from John.
I’m pleased I have this album. There are many such guitar based Blues albums out there, but this one from John seems more…..likeable, more listenable. I like it’s strong attitude throughout and first rate musicianship. John’s voice is not the strongest voice around, but on this album…..it just works. However, his guitar playing is second to none, as is his production skills. I heartily recommend this wonderful CD to any fan of guitar Blues.
Michael Hotz (January 2016)