Bman’s Blues Report: Juke Joint Jonny & The Kindred Spirits – Just Folkin Around

 I just had the opportunity to review the most recent release, Just Folkin Around, by Juke Joint Jonny & The Kindred Spirits and it’s a cool update on traditional blues. Opening with Muddy Waters’ I Can’t Be Satisfied, Jonny on vocal and National Steel Guitar, is joined by Steve Rusin on harmonica, Ben Bernstein on bass and Mike Stevens on percussion. Solid traditional style opener. Dylan’s Tomorrow Was A Long Time is presented as a cool acoustic finger picker with Jonny accompanying his own vocal on guitar. On John Mooney’s Dirty Rat, Jonny really kicks up the pace with slide on the national, rapid fire lyrics and tight backing by Rusin, Dave Peterson on bass and Stevens on percussion. Crafted by John Rizzo and Steve Rusin, Terre Haut Blues is one of my favorites with great fingerpicking and vocal by Jonny. Another of my favorites on the release is Taj Mahal’s classic, Fishin’ Blues. Jonny’s voice is just perfect for this track and his picking technique works great! Closing the release is Leo Kottke’s acoustic masterpiece, Sailor’s Grave On The Prairie which is covered very nicely by Jonny. His patience on timing and slide techniques on his National Steel is solid and controlled. Very nice closer. 

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