Experience me has taught me to expect to love most CDs coming out of Stony Plain Records.
And really you have to be intrigued by a blues band with the name Monkey Junk.
So it came as no surprise at all that I was immediately impressed by the disk To Behold.
Monkey Junk is Matt Sobb on drums, Tony D on guitar and Steve Marriner lead vocals, harmonica and guitar. Together the trio offers up what I term modern blues. There is healthy rock flavour here, but the heartbeat is purely the blues.
The disk starts off with Mother's Crying, a cut with a throwback country rock-a-billy beat, and it sets the mood for what is generally energetic blues.
You're Gonna Change (Or I'm Gonna Leave) follows in style and tempo.
Right Now gets into a bit more of a soul undertone.
From there the rock begins to creep into the music a bit more, and cuts such as Let Her Down, You Don't Know and All About You are the best examples, and are the best of a very fine CD.
This is a must have blues CD this summer. Find it, buy it, enjoy it.
Check it out at www.stonyplainrecords.com
— CALVIN DANIELS
-- Review appeared in Yorkton This Week newspaper July 20, 2011 - Yorkton, SK. Canada