Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Review -- DONALD RAY JOHNSON -- It's TIme

IT's TIME
Donald Ray Johnson
MarVista Records
8-out-of-10

Donald Ray Johnson is a bluesman with a track record. Born in Texas, and now based in Calgary, he has some four decades in the blues business, and has garnered a Grammy Award win, and twice being a Maple Blues Award nominee. He was also voted Best Male Blues Vocalist 2007 by Real Blues Magazine.
So the pedigree is there for Johnson, and that comes through clearly on It's Time.
Johnson's voice remains clear, powerful, appealing,
When Johnson tears into Change Is Going To Come you know you are in for a treat. It's a blues classic in the making.
Through 10-songs Johnson shows why his career has stood the test of time, he's just plain good.
Songs such as Heavy Love, Girl Friend Blues, Louisiana Country Girl and Rainy Night In Georgia are the best cuts on the disk, the later a slower paced song, rich with mood.
Johnson is a veteran blues craftsman showing just what the blues are all about, and he does with the clear confidence of a lifetime behind a microphone.
A wonderful offering to check out.
Check it out at www.donaldray.com
CALVIN DANIELS
-- Review appeared in Yorkton This Week newspaper July 20, 2011 - Yorkton, SK. Canada

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