Five Horse Johnson - "The Mystery Spot"
(Smallstone Records 2006, SS-069)
Uploaded to Aural Innovations June 2006
I have heard of this band but this is the first time I have ever heard the music. This is the bands 6th record and features Clutch drummer Jean Paul Gaster. From what I have read the band have stuck to the roots of their down and dirty brand of stoned, heavy blues inspired rock that goes for the gut! The first and title track has a cool groove that just sort of sucks you into the record. Ten Cent Dynamite is next and a hard hitting track and a bit like some of the new Clutch stuff. Call Me Down sees some slide guitar but no slide solo. Of Ditch Diggers and Down, is a very cool acoustic track, one of the best on the record. A lot of cool tracks but I won't go through them all. Fans of the Grady, the Austin, Texas based band by Ex-Big Sugar guitarist, Geordie Johnson, will get into this record for sure as these bands are into the same kind of vibe!
For more information you can visit the Five Horse Johnson web site at: http://www.fivehorsejohnson.com.
Visit the Smallstone Records web site at: http://www.smallstone.com.
Reviewed by Scott Heller