Wednesday, October 31, 2007

Review -- JOHN CAMPBELLJOHN - Weight of the World

WEIGHT of the WORLD
John Campbelljohn
Herman's
9-out-of-10

“I know all four of these guys and played with all of 'em, John Campbelljohn, only, on a session in my studio, he was staying with me for a couple of days studying steel with a friend Bob Taillefer, shortly after he appeared on The Trailer Park Boys Xmas Special playing steel in a church. He's a wicked slide guitarist in the style pioneered by Sonny Landreth. The track I Can't Win on my CD Money Talks had John playin' steel, sadly I lost the data so I replaced it with Hammond organ, the tune would make a good Western Swing. John spends a lot of time in Europe, Germany mostly. As he says "its faster and cheaper than going to Alberta". He lives in Halifax, Nova Scotia.” -- Terry Blankley

Our first stop is out Cape Breton way, where we find John Campbelljohn churning out some killer slide guitar-powered blues.
Actually Campbelljohn is noted for his slide, but plays a variety of instruments here, including bass on the lead cut Autobahn John as well as Weight of the World, the latter a fine instrumental effort. He also plays standard tuned acoustic, and electric guitar, in addition to electric slide and pedal steel.
Regardless of what his fingers are dancing over this guy can play. You know that when he rolls into a song such as Jimi Hendrix's Little Wing, and does it justice. He also does Waterfall (May This Be Love) by Hendrix, another nice choice for this blues effort.
There are some really great story blues songs here too. I love Sydney Steel a song Campbelljohn co-wrote with Kenneth Larocque. This is the kind of song that shows how thin the veil between folk and blues can be. With different instrumentation this is a folk tune, but works great as a blues effort too.
Of course look at this guy's bio and you should expect some killer blues. Campbelljohn has six CDs to his credit.
In addition Weight of the World earned Campbelljohn the East Cost Music Award for top blues album in 2007, and he was also nominated for Guitarist of the Year and Electric act of the Year for the 2007 Maple Blues awards.
This guy is a killer player, and a fine writer, so it's no surprise he is receiving accolades on this CD.
The best cuts here are the aforementioned Sydney Steel, Ice Cubes In Her Wine, How Does It Feel and Light At The End of the Tunnel.
This is a MUST for blues fan. Just killer.
Check this guy out at /www.campbelljohn.ca
-- CALVIN DANIELS

-- Reviews first appeared in Yorkton This Week newspaper Oct. 31, 2007 - Yorkton, SK. Canada

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