Big Jack Johnson & The Cornlickers: Big Jack Johnson (vocals, guitar and mandolin); Dale Wise (drums, foot tambourine, backing vocals); Tony Ryder (bass, backing vocals); Dave Groninger (guitar, backing vocals); Lee Carroll (organ, piano, accordian); Terry 'Big T' Williams (guitar); Bobby Gentilo (guitar)
From the joyful redemption party atmosphere of "Ain't Gonna Do It No More" to the traditional mandolin beauty of "Po' Cow Boogie" and "It's All Gone" to the low down lament of "Katrina" (the "meanest storm the world ever seen"..) to Lowell Fulsom's "Too Many Drivers" theme reworked as the relentless shuffle of "Red Car", this is one of Jack's strongest recordings to date! ~ Jeff Cameron.Sound clips
Juke Joint Saturday Night - 2008Recorded at Right Coast Recording in Columbia, PA. with The Cornlickers; Dale Wise on drums, Dave Groninger on guitar, Tony Ryder on Bass, Lee Carrol on keys and Bobby Gentilo on guitar.
Including: The Way You Walk & Talk, Runnin' & Hidin', Steppin' Out Tonight and more...
Memphis BBQ Sessions - 2002Recorded at Memphis Soundworks, Memphis, Tennessee on October 9-10, 2000. Includes liner notes by Mark Carpentieri. Personnel: Big Jack Johnson (vocals, acoustic & electric guitars, mandolin, harmonica); Kim Wilson (vocals, guitar, harmonica); Pinetop Perkins (piano)
Personnel: Big Jack Johnson (vocals, acoustic & electric guitars, mandolin, harmonica); ... Full DescriptionKim Wilson (vocals, guitar, harmonica); Pinetop Perkins (piano)
Roots Stew - 2000Big Jack Johnson & The Oilers: Big Jack Johnson (vocals, guitar, mandolin); Chris Dean (acoustic & electric guitars); Maury 'Hooter' Saslaff (bass); Dale Wise (drums). Live Recording Recorded at Tiki Studios, Glen Cove, New York in 1999 and at Memphis Sound Works
Big Jack Johnson & The Oilers: Big Jack Johnson (vocals, guitar, mandolin); Chris Dean (acoustic & electric guitars); Maury "Hooter" Saslaff (bass); Dale Wise (drums).
Including: Hummingbird, So Long Frank Frost, I'm Trying to Do All I Can, and more...
All The Way Back - 1998The sound is expanded a bit, with the addition of harp and keyboards, but the Oiler's gritty, no-nonsense approach to the 12-bar shuffle is still the backbone of the sound. Naturally, it's Johnson's bold, soulful vocal style and scrappy electric guitar that make ALL THE WAY HOME a safe bet for anyone enamored of the '50s Chicago sound but tired of unimaginative imitations.
Big Jack Johnson & The Oilers: Big Jack Johnson (vocals, guitar); Chris Dean (guitar, background vocals); Maury "Hooter" Saslaff (bass); Chet Woodward (drums); Little Anthony Geraci (piano, organ); Bob Rushford (harmonica).
Including: I Wanna Know, Crack-Headed Woman, Shake Your Booty, I'm Your Oilman and more...
Live in Chicago - 1997Mississippi bluesman Johnson comes North to play in Chicago and the results are indeed satisfying. Taken from two different shows at two different venues (Hothouse and Buddy Guy's Legends) over a period of two years ('94 and '95), Johnson is ably backed by Aaron Burton's band with Lester "Mad Dog" Davenport contributing some nice harp on the set from the Legends show. Johnson keeps the set lists jumping, from straight-ahead blues ("Sweet Sixteen," "Black Rooster," "Fightin' Woman," Z.Z. Hill's "The Blues Is Alright") to Mississippi-juke-joint dance numbers (Hank Ballard's "The Twist," "Night Train") and even the stray 'hillbilly blues' number like "Pistol Packin' Mama" and Ivory Joe Hunter's "Since I Met You Baby." Sound is dodgy in spots, but Johnson's palpable energy comes through just fine. ~ Cub Koda, All Music Guide
We Got To Stop This Killin' - 1996Since many modern blues musicians are loath to break away from the norm, Big Jack Johnson can come as a shock. Johnson is determined to keep the blues a vital, living form, so he doesn't simply spit out the old standards again -- he writes new songs about modern times, whether it's social commentary or love songs. Not only are his subjects fresh, but he makes sure that his music is fresh too, bringing funk and soul influences to his electrified Delta blues. In short, it fulfills the promise of Daddy, When Is Mama Coming Home by keeping its ambition and adding the grit of Oil Man. ~ Thom Owens, All Music Guide
Daddy, When Is Mama Comin' Home - 1991Delta Pickin's Big Jack Johnson, from the funky Chicago Horns to yodeling guitar boogies, this disc delivers a knock-out punch of diversity and downright delicious flavors of the blues, Chicago style... Big Jack is a well-loved and very talented man who shoots straight from the hip, regardless of whether he is making you smile or getting heavy about stuff he believes in. Honesty and sincerity are good words to describe the aura surrounding this disc, recorded in 1989. ~ Larry Heyl and Vivian Heyl
The Oil Man - 1987Johnson's fat, reverb-drenched guitar tone and convincing vocals make for a potent combination on such classics as Catfish and How Many More Years, and even help to compensate for such obviously derivative songs as I'm Gonna Give Up Disco (a thinly disguised rewrite of Jr. Parker's Mystery Train). Also worth hearing are Johnson's delightfully distinctive treatments of Steel Guitar Rag, and oddly enough, Tom Dooley. ~ The Washington Post
The band latches onto some irresistable grooves that are custom made for dancing (roll up the rugs) and Johnson's guitar has a big, fat sound that makes you want to swing and sweat. Catfish, with its subtle references to Jimi Hendrix and John Lee Hooker,... ought to attract those fans of Stevie Ray Vaughn and George Thorogood if they can handle a lot more meat and a lot less sizzle. ~ Jazz Times