A special Thank You to all my fans.
Response and sales for “Dancing With The Devil” has been OVERWHELMING!
Due to your outstanding requests, “Dancing With The Devil” is now in its second pressing and supplies are available again.
|“Dancing With The Devil” Songlist All Original Songs composed by Jr. Johnny & Steve Minnich:
(Select the “LYRICS” link or any title to hear a sound bite)
Dancing With The Devil Reviews
- “Jr. Johnny – an artist worth a second glance. It’s striking that his notoriety has yet to catch up with his musical ability, which is top-notch. Perhaps we can stir up enough excitement to get him on this side of the Atlantic. The new CD “Dancing With the Devil” is a good start in that direction. Like his other efforts, this one brings honor to theBlues (with a capital B) by remaining close to the Chicago sounds of Muddy and Sonny Boy II. The ambiance is all his own however…like a late-night blues club, at times dark and smoky, and then jumping and swinging, all topped off with accents of jazz. The beating heart of this unique sound is JR’s raspy, deep and powerful voice. More narrator than singer in the strict sense, the vocal phrases are cleverly off-set by the rich and incisive harmonica interjections which are at times explosive and at others ethereal. This cat clearly knows how to blow! Add to this JR’s song- writing (along with bassist Steve Minnich), skills worthy of attention in their own right and a more complete image begins to emerge. Similar to “Drifter” (where we ran across David Litchtiger), this CD is filled with its share of discoveries. On Dancing with the Devil” JR displays a breadth of musical and emotional artistry. This time, his support includes a pair of exceptional guitarists: Peter Corrigan and Russ Aldrich. It is perhaps their concise and pertinent performance as much as the rest that brings this CD to the top of the stack. As for the rhythm section, the new drummer Mike Cairo syncs up beautifully with the rock-solid Mr. Minnich. Add to this the incredible work of Hymer Morgan – just as powerful on piano as B3… where are these guys coming from? Another mystery that may have to wait until JR decides whether or not to grant us an interview. You guessed it, a superb album from a blues master in his own right who finds once again the right elixir to wed originality and tradition.”
Trans, Paul Linden.
- “Jr. Johnny does it again with what he calls his best release to date. Vocally, he captures the mood of each of these originals, while his harmonica soars and pierces the blues, then reaches back and cuddles it. For harp lovers all over the world, this should be considered essential listening. Students of the instrument would be well-advised to pay attention to these tracks too. Excellent guitar production also graces this package thanks to the efforts of Peter Corrigan and Russ Aldrich. The rhythm section (featuring Steve Minnich on bass and Mike Cairo on drums) is rock solid and Hymer Morgan is simply incredible at the piano and B-3. It’s always good to find original blues that flourish in the present, yet are firmly rooted in the tradition that make the blues enduring and such a truly great American art form.”
“Dancing With The Devil’ is singer and harp player Jr. Johnny’s last piece of work. It includes twelve very personal songs with deep Sonny Boy Williamson influences, all them performed with the original very special way he has of approaching Sonny Boy songs and, in general, all blues he plays. In this new album Johnny is backed by Peter Corrigan on guitar, Russ Aldrich on guitar too. Steve Minnich on bass and solo guitar, Mike Cairo on drums and Hymer Morgan on keyboards. All together form a compact straight band perfect to let Jr. Johnny develop his cool bright ideas to produce a repertoire full of honest well done songs, which simply come from the deepest part of his heart. VERY GOOD”
Vicente Zumel, La Hora Del Blues Radio, Barcelona, Spain
- Students of the instrument would be well-adviced to pay attention to these tracks. Excellent guitar production also graces this package thanks to the efforts of Peter Corrigan and Russ Aldrich. The rhythm section (featuring Steve Minnich on bass and Mike Cairo on drums) is rock solid and Hymer Morgan is simply incredible at the piano and Hammond B-3 organ. It’s always good to find original blues that floursih in the present, yet are firmly rooted in the tradition that make the blues enduring and such a truly great American art form.