FIVE HORSE JOHNSON
THE MYSTERY SPOT
Any band that employs a full-time harp (harmonica for the layman) player has to be badass, and the bluesy swagger found on self-professed blues rocker’s Five Horse Johnson’s latest endeavor definitively exhibits just how dangerous these guys can be. From the whiskey soaked vocals found on tracks such as “The Ballad of Sister Ruth” and “Feed That Train” to the Motorhead meets Stevie Ray Vaughn vibe of “I Can’t Shake It”, to the soulful fretwork scattered amongst the 12-track experience, it’s a safe bet that this band has got one hell of a ZZ Top and early Aerosmith influence steering the ship, not to mention a gnarly record collection to pull inspiration from. Assisted by Clutch’s drummer extraordinaire JP Gaster, THE MYSTERY SPOT is an organically supercharged blues-rock album best enjoyed at a honkytonk with a side of whiskey and a barroom brawl pending.