The Rockin’ Johnny Band – Straight Out Of Chicago
Delmark DE 720 (1998)
With special guest vocalists Tail Dragger, Sam Lay and Robert Plunkett.
Guitarist Rockin’ Johnny has been on the Chicago blues scene since ’90 and has played with countless blues artist including Mary Lane, Vera Taylor, Dave Myers, Jimmy Dawkins and Billy Boy Arnold. Johnny made his first recorded appearances accompanying Big Wheeler on the Delmark album Bone Orchard (Delmark 661) and Jimmie Lee Robinson on Lonely Traveler (Delmark 665). Johnny then started his own band which recorded with Jimmy Burns on the award-winning Leaving Here Walking (Delmark 694) and is now playing Martin Lang, harmonica; Sho Komiya, bass; Kenny Smith, drums; for Straight Out Of Chicago. The house band is tight and burnin’ for Johnny’s five originals, yet they’re just as lowdown and funky for the West Side sounds of Tail Dragger and Robert Plunkett. Though they’re often working 5 nights a week, these guys love to play the blues and they really show it on this great album.