King Johnson

Luck so Strange

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From Atlanta, King Johnson takes their name from the many influential King and Johnson surnames that populate the blues and R&B family trees. On their third release, they continue their funky and soulful brand of horn-driven blues-rock that actually more closely resembles more contemporary artists than the likes of B.B. King and Robert Johnson. "Slow Down" recalls the Band during their formative years, and "Dead Dog" is a "greazy" John Hiatt-like R&B/rockabilly hybrid. The slower-paced "Luckiest Man" could easily have been derived upon hearing the bittersweet ballads of Robbie Robertson and Van Morrison. Their style also brings to mind the musical gumbo offered by Dr. John and Paul Cebar, but despite these multifarious references, King Johnson creates refreshing music with a vast knowledge and appreciation of those who preceded them.

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