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The Jimmy Johnson Band

  • Johnson's Whacks [Delmark, 1979] B+

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Johnson's Whacks [Delmark, 1979]
Syl's cousin performed better on Alligator's Living Chicago Blues Volume I, but only marginally, and he compensates by showing unexpected chops as a writer. Whether hoping to make the cover of Living Blues magazine or complaining that women aren't loyal any more, he comes across as a bold-faced contemporary. But his basic wail starts to sound thin after a while, his band is only solid, and his guitar can't carry the extra load. B+