Carlos Johnson: In and Out (2004)
With a powerful electric guitar timbre to accompany his clear baritone voice, Johnson rings true throughout this highly recommended program of blues delights.
"Do Do Do" catches the traditional spirit of New Orleans in its celebration of shufflin' and storytellin'. You don't need caffeine, as Johnson lifts you up off your chair with his rhythmic action. "Delta Blues" lowers your high blood pressure with thoughts of the way things ought to bein the peace and quiet of a country home far away from the hustle and bustle of urban life. His guitar amplifies the song's message with passionate shouts and soulful slides.
"Spirit" lets Johnson communicate with his guitar in an instrumental feature that says more than mere words could ever accomplish. Spiraling high and low, he mirrors his message soulfully with heartfelt passion.
"Key to the Highway" takes you back to the roots of blues and gospel. Tellin' what he's gonna do, Johnson captures our own thoughts. Parting can be difficult on your mind, but the promise of a welcome return soothesespecially when that promise is delivered in song. Emotional and intimate, Johnson gives his audience reason to keep on hoping for a better future.
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Track Listing: Blues Man; Leaving on the Next Train; Don't Ever Leave Me; It Ain't No Fun to Me; In & Out; Spirit; You Need a Man; Key to the Highway; Lisa; Do Do Do; Delta Blues.
Personnel: Carlos Johnson- guitar, vocals; Roosevelt Purifoy- keyboard; Sam Green- bass; Linard Stroud- drums; Jesse Cross (Slim)- background vocals.
Record Label: Mr. Kelly's