A LESSON I'VE LEARNED
Johnny Max Band
Pour Soul Records
“Johnny Max is a very talented singer and shares a radio show with Chuck Jackson (Downchild) on Sunday nights. Johnny could make a dog laugh. He's one of the funniest people I know. He has a huge voice and strong stage presence. He also coaches hockey and helps under privileged youth. He was born in Scotland, and lives in Etobicoke, ON.. I played with him recently.” -- Terry Blankley
The Johnny Max Band comes to us out of southern Ontario, bringing with them a blues sound that has one foot solidly set in the rock genre, and the other in the traditions of the blues. From the opening Down In History you get the feeling these guys would be a great blues bar band on those nights you really want to party. You get that party feel just from the piano work of Martin Alex Aucoin on the song.
Johnny Max is the vocalist here, and offers up a smokey voice that has some miles on it, making it almost ideal for this boogie blues effort.
A Lesson I've Learned is Johnny Max's fourth recording, and you get the feeling he has learned his lessons well, at least in terms of his music. The CD cover has the look of a school notebook, with a few doodles of musicians and instruments, like a kid dreaming of the stage. Well Johnny Max has made it to the stage and learned his trade well. This CD has a workmanlike feel, blues from a band used to going bar to bar performing for the love of the music.
If you need a blues fix to lift your spirits, well get to the doctor and request 100 c.c.s of A Lesson I've Learned, cause this is the cure.
Songs such as the title cut, We're Gonna To Do It (All Night Long), Big Ol' Girls Need Some Lovin' Too, and Why I Sing the Blues ... for Joe, are what this CD is all about. Blues with soul, for the fun and love of playing.
You just know Johnny Max would be playing for free if he had too, and may well be buried with a microphone in his hand and a sound track in the coffin, so that he's ready to play for all the old friends he may meet along the way.
Check these guys out at www.johnnymaxband.com
-- CALVIN DANIELS
-- Reviews first appeared in Yorkton This Week newspaper Oct. 31, 2007 - Yorkton, SK. Canada