(1998/99 'Delmark') (65:41/14) Die Band verfolgt ihren eigenwilligen Weg, eine Mischung aus hinlänglich bekannten Chicagoer Blueselementen und eigenen Ideen, konsequent und letztlich überaus spannend / the band's got a unique approach to the blues idiom, traditional and inventive at the same time. Mostly originals giving the guys room to stretch out, instrumentally. ROCKIN' JOHNNY BURGIN - gtr/voc, MARTIN LANG - hca, RICK KREHER - gtr, SHO KOMIYA - bass, KENNY SMITH - drums.
The Rockin' Johnny Band have mastered the sound and feel of post-war Chicago blues. They've done it by putting in time with the best Chicago blues musicians still working the taverns and clubs on the west side. And they did it on record with their '98 CD Straight Out Of Chicago (Delmark 720) as well as accompanying other Delmark artists like Jimmy Burns, Jimmie Lee Robinson, Golden "Big" Wheeler and Little Arthur Duncan on their Delmark albums. Everywhere they go the Rockin' Johnny Band wows crowds--and other musicians--Johnny with his creative and enthusiastic guitar work, and the band with its tight ensemble discipline and anything-can-happen reflexes. Take a listen. Give in to the temptation.