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Rockin' Johnny

In mid-1990s Chicago, musical worlds burgeoned, collided and cohered. Young jazz players crafted their own take on different traditions. Rockers turned toward country. A few became rock stars. Through it all, blues singer/ guitarist Rockin' Johnny Burgin set his own pace. Back then, and today, a slew of disciples of this city's 12-bar traditions turned their tributes into overwrought clichés. Rockin' Johnny stood apart from all of that. He absorbed the right lesson from West and South Side mentors.

That was: economy should be a blues musician's ally. Pack a world into a few sharp notes and let the spaces sing for themselves. At the same time, Johnny stayed hungry enough to book his own groups throughout large cities and small towns, and tells that story in the song Shoe Leather And Tire Rubber. Meanwhile, he sharpened his skills when he served as a sideman for such legends as Tail Dragger, Jimmy Burns, Sam Lay, Pinetop Perkins, Billy Boy Arnold, Little Arthur Duncan and Jimmy Lee Robinson. Some outside gigs added fuel for his originality—like a memorable night at Beat Kitchen working alongside perverse R&B singer Andre Williams.

But when that decade ended, Johnny walked away from music. Johnny's early and, ultimately, brief time away from the stage echoed Wes Montgomery's decision in the early 1950s to hold factory jobs: the jazz guitarist had a a family to support, and remarked, "What I wanted to do didn't matter as much as what I had to do." A couple years ago, Johnny got back into performing and released NOW'S THE TIME in 2010.

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Now's The Time
Rockin' Johnny: Now's The Time Art-Nr.: CDRJB1

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​(2010/no label) 13 tracks. Johnny Burgin - gtr/voc, Rick Kreher - gtr, Rob Lorenz - drums, John Sefner - bass, Greg Sefner - pno/org. Track 13: Kenny Smith - drums, Sho Komiya - bass.
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Neoprene Fedora (CD)
Rockin' Johnny Burgin: Neoprene Fedora (CD) Art-Nr.: CDWTR1705

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(2017/West Tone) 16 tracks. Neoprene Fedora chronicles Rockin’ Johnny Burgin’s move to California from Chicago. This time around he’s written 11 songs from surf to zydeco to gut-bucket blues to plain old party! The combination of his...
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Grim Reaper (CD)
ROCKIN' JOHNNY BAND: Grim Reaper (CD) Art-Nr.: CDDE820

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With his mellow vocals style he can be compared with Billy Boy Arnold. Johnny B. Moore comes to mind when thinking about the roots of his guitar style. Rockin' Johnny is leading one of the most beloved traditional style blues bands in...
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Man's Temptation
ROCKIN' JOHNNY BAND: Man's Temptation Art-Nr.: CDDE732

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(1998/99 'Delmark') (65:41/14) Die Band verfolgt ihren eigenwilligen Weg, eine Mischung aus hinlänglich bekannten Chicagoer Blueselementen und eigenen Ideen, konsequent und letztlich überaus spannend / the band's got a unique approach to...
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Live (CD)
Johnny Burgin: Live (CD) Art-Nr.: CDDE858

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(Delmark) 14 tracks This live album features twelve brand new originals and two covers by artists who don't play together regularly for a full house full of enthusiastic fans. The band only had one night to catch it - making this...
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No Border Blues (CD)
Johnny Burgin: No Border Blues (CD) Art-Nr.: CDDE863

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(Delmark) 11 tracks The 1970’s Japanese tours of Chicago blues legends Otis Rush, Jimmy Dawkins, Eddie Taylor, and others created a small but intense Japanese blues scene that bursts over with talent three generations and over forty...
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Live (LP)
Johnny Burgin: Live (LP) Art-Nr.: LPDF858

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(Delmark) 8 tracks This live album features eight brand new originals and two covers by artists who don't play together regularly for a full house full of enthusiastic fans. The band only had one night to catch it - making this recording...
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Rockin' Johnny & Quiqué Gomez - Dos Hombres Wanted (CD)
Rockin' Johnny & Quiqué Gomez: Rockin' Johnny & Quiqué Gomez - Dos Hombres... Art-Nr.: CDVTJB01

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(VizzTone) 14 Tracks - Digisleeve - Guitarist and singer Rockin' Johnny Burgin and singer Quiqué Gomez are dreaded outlaws of the international blues scene. In the winter of 2018 they joined forces, galloped through the western regions...
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Greetings From Greaseland
Rockin' Johnny Burgin: Greetings From Greaseland Art-Nr.: CDWTR1503

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(2015/West Tone Records) 11 tracks. Rockin' Johnny Burgin - gtr/voc/hca, Aki Kumar - hca, Kid Anderson - gtr, Vance Ehlers - bass, June Core - drums.
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