John Black: Last Forever


Last Forever


John Black (guitar, vocals)


The Soul of Black John (Eclecto Groove 504)

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John Black (guitar, vocals),

Adam McDougal (keyboards), Shawn Davis (bass), Jake Najor (drums), Davey Chegwidden (percussion), Kandace Linsey (background vocals), Laura J. Jones (background vocals)


Composed by John Bigham


Recorded: Hollywood, no date given (CD released in 2009)


Rating: 87/100 (learn more)

The opening acoustic slide guitar promises a return to the roots, but as the song progresses a more contemporary flavor emerges. Some of the most fascinating music these days exists at the interstices between styles, and John Black's combination of blues, soul and pop is a case in point. A track that sounds like traditional blues in the intro adopts an old-school Motown groove at the 1-minute mark and never looks back. The rhythm is well crafted, and Black adds a lighthearted twist to his song about broken hearts ("like a bad cell phone" his lady likes to roam). This artist shows promise, and is worth checking out . . . although I'd like to hear a slightly less produced sound (how 'bout just voice and guitar?) on his next release.

Reviewer: Ted Gioia


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