King Johnson – Hot Fish Laundry Mat
1. Personal Things - 5:00 2. Spirit - 4:30 3. Atlas - 3:17 4. Fine Line - 3:48 5. Mile After Mile - 4:12 6. Time Stands Still - 4:22 7. Adultcontemporaryrootsrockbluesjazzfunk - 4:18 8. One More Day - 3:05 9. Flow - 5:52 10. Goodbye - 1:48 11. When - 2:27 12. Stop and Start All Over Again - 6:22 13. Ornot - 3:25
Oliver Wood (guitar, vocals) , Chris Long (vocals, bass) , Greg Baba (drums, shekers) , Marcus James (saxophones, clarinet, flute, vocals) , Adam Mewerther (trombone) , Chris Uhler (percussion) , Jeff Smith (jaw harp)
1. AllMusic -Jesse Jarnow
Like the North Mississippi All-Stars, King Johnson is a new variety of Southern rock, fusing the traditionally blues-driven music with a coterie of jazzier influences -- notably New Orleans brass band. The band's seemingly encyclopedic knowledge of allows them a refreshing flexibility -- such as the sudden turn into brassy swing near the end of "Mile After Mile". When the group attempts less groove-driven, more pop-oriented material, such as The Band-like "Time Stands Still", they move into potentially more creative territory, though are still a step or two from achieving total originality. "Time Stands Still" features a sweetly alluring clarinet-driven arrangement, for example, but doesn't quite earn its keep otherwise. In general, their rhythms are neat and danceable -- which is to their credit as musicians, but makes the music a little less curious than it might be. Songs like the drumless "One More Day" present a band ready to create something new.