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Still Blue

by Bill Johnson

In making Still Blue Johnson received the 2012 Juno nomination for Blues and three nominations from the Toronto Blues society. Great guitar oriented work without crossing over into blues rock. Breakout disk from veteran sideman.
Genre: Blues: Guitar Blues
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Fishing with Your Boots On
3:22 album only
2. Habitual Survivor
3:55 album only
3. Worked to Death
3:57 album only
4. Experience
3:08 album only
5. Another One
4:39 album only
6. Half the Man
5:04 album only
7. Old Les Paul Guitar
4:22 album only
8. 300 Pounds of Heavenly Joy
3:35 album only
9. Red Hot
4:27 album only
10. KIng Bee
3:34 album only
11. T-Bone Blues
3:49 album only
12. Remote Control Man
1:38 album only
Downloads are available as MP3-320 files.


Album Notes
The Cast ♕

Bill Johnson: all guitars and lead vocals
Rick Erickson: electric bass
John Hunter: drums but track #4
Darcy Phillips: Hammond B3 organ and the piano on track #6

Special Guests
David Vest: Wurlitzer piano and acoustic piano
Joby Baker: drums on track #4
Lisa Mann: background vocals
Bob Belknap: background vocals

Produced by Bill Johnson & Joby Baker
Recorded at Baker Studios, May 2010, Victoria, BC, Canada.

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A review by Tom Hyslop, Blues Revue Magazine June/July 2011
Bill Johnson contributes eight originals to his Still Blue, each one a fine example of a contemporary blues song, not merely a retread of a familiar 12 bar theme, and each sung in his evocative voice. The variety of approaches, from the sneaky slide on “Another One” to the crisp lead guitar midway between Cray and Knopfler on “Habitual Survivor” is invigorating. Very hip phrases and a hard-luck lyric make the minor-key “Half The Man” stand out. Johnson shows he can reliably deliver straight blues on his shuffle “Old Les Paul Guitar” and three well-chosen covers from Slim Harpo, T-Bone Walker, and Howlin’ Wolf. Lee Roy Parnell’s roadhouse rocker “Red Hot” rounds out the set. A gem of an album!

Peter Lauro

Two Blewzzy Awards
I'd like to congratulate Bill Johnson on his - the first ever - double win. When I first started working on this disc I literally listened to "Half The Man" so many times I couldn't even fathom a guess as to the number. The song is sung with so much feeling and emotion and the guitar playing is absolutely masterful. As for the disc itself - "Still Blue" - I'd put it up against any disc I've heard....ever. From start to finish, song after song, the vocals and musicianship are flawless and extraordinary.

Bill Johnson

Review by John Vermilyea (Blues Underground Network)
"Still Blue" is an album that had no problem captivating me from the opening Guitar Riff of the first Track and once Bill Johnson's singing kicked in, well to say the least, I was hooked and more then happy to be along for the ride. With hooks and harmonies so addictive. I was very happy this release wasn't on Vinyl, because for sure I would of been wearing out many a record needle the amount of times I would of been playing this one. For sure, Bill Johnson has his own unique style of Blues, which he has managed to blend perfectly from the masters he has learned so well from, by studying their music. This special style comes through loud and clear, be it his lyrics, his music, or his vocals. From the opening and fun to listen Track "Fishing with Your Boots", to the spellbinding "Half the Man" to the closing Track "Remote Control Man", a piano laden smoky bar room gem, Bill Johnson manages to take us on one hell of a great Bluesy Ride.

I have no problem giving "Still Blue", my highest rating of 5*****. It is an Album that I not only thoroughly enjoyed, but one that I also highly recommend for any lover of really good blues.


Still Great
This was a really good shot in the dark purchase. I heard the song Worked to Death on CBC Saturday Night Blues and it reminded me of Los Lobos when they were starting out. Every song on this CD is great. It's been in my car stereo for a week solid. Best CD I've bought in years.

Gary Grainger - The Blues Show

Love from the UK
I got Bill Johnson's CD "Still Blue" last week - and boy do I love it! I didn't want this CD to finish - but when it did I went back to the beginning and started listening all over again! Great songs, great voice, and I love Bill's guitar playing.

Bluesy Luc - Rootstime Online Radio and Magazine

Bill Johnson - Still Blue
Bill Johnson, the name might not say much to you at this time, but we hope with “Still Blue” this will change soon. The man started as a 9 year old playing the guitar and according to his own saying was in the beginning mainly influenced by Chuck Berry, the Stones and Eric Clapton. Later on he studied the styles of BB King and Elmore James among others. In 2006 he was nominated for the Maple Blues Award "Best Guitarist" for his cd simply titled “Live”. Not taking a break he continued working on another surprising authentic Country-blues style album called “Worksongs”.
With this cd "Still Blue" he's opened doors to the European Blues fans/lovers. Eight self written or co-written songs and four excellent covers together made an album which grabs your attention from the beginning until the end.

Our End-year chart list was already in when we wrote this review, otherwise sympathetically this Canadian would have been part of it.

The covers of Walker’s “T-Bone Blues” and Willie Dixon’s “300 Pounds Of Heavenly Joy”, are excellent examples of a perfectly done job. These two and Bill Johnson’s own songs are of the same high quality level.
We could not help but pick out one song. The phenomenal “Half The Man”, with brilliant guitar work, is a real candidate for blues song of the year. Sometimes it makes me think of Al Stone, and then again Chris Rea. The magnificent soulful singing, a two and a half minute guitar solo that even would have Eric Clapton applauding, completes it really as a world class song.

But nevertheless, it seems wrong to pick just one out. It doesn’t do justice to other songs like “Experience” in which you hear a screaming slide, or “Worked To Death”, a great Chicago-Blues-song.
We would say listen to the entire album, and find that together with Rick Erickson (bass and vocals), John Hunter (drums and vocals), and Darcy Philips (keyboards and vocals), Bill Johnson has made a fantastic release that we highly recommend.

Originally written in Dutch and translated by Robbert Smits
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