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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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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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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 Chicago. A good album. ROCKIN'...

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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 Chicago-based styles with some...

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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 the blues idiom,...

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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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