Johnny Grit is another band emerging out of Saskatoon.
The CD Make Liars is certainly rock, and it is rather diverse in how it attacks the genre too.
The opening cut Escape From Mexico, written by Grit and Ryan Olenick has a Santana feel to it, and really sets a high tempo to the disk. The song has a bit of a salsa, horn powered feel. Barry Redford does nice trumpet work here.
Up next is Heart Is On Fire which is straight ahead rock.
On Fair the music slows a bit, and Grit doesn’t push and growl his voice quite so much, and that allows his voice to be more melodic and it makes the song stand out because of the change.
The vocal credits on the disk go to guitarist Fabian Minnema, bassist Chris Richardson and guitarist Kyle Dixon, and on Spell they combine for some nice harmonies.
Percussionist Randy Farkas and Ross Nykiforuk on organ round out the band.
Generally speaking this is a pretty solid effort. Nothing exactly suggests gold record hit, but cuts such as Made are certainly solid rock songs.
Certainly a disk worth grabbing if you like rock, and of course to support Saskatchewan music.
Check them out at www.myspace.com/johnnygrit
— CALVIN DANIELS
-- Review first appeared in Yorkton This Week newspaper April 21, 2010 - Yorkton, SK. Canada