Johnny A. is a Boston guitarist who has spent time playing with keyboardist Bobby Whitlock (Derek & the Dominos), percussionist Mingo Lewis (Santana), and ex-J. Geils frontman Peter Wolf. Sometime Tuesday Morning is A.'s extremely tasteful and classy debut solo CD. It is an all-instrumental project with A's guitar serving as the voice. Melodic and warm, it contains a handful of covers and eight originals. Imagine Willie Cobbs' blues classic "You Don't Love Me" with a funky, revamped lead lick, a little wah-wah, and chords and octaves that recall Wes Montgomery. Or a beautiful, melancholy version of Jimmy Webb's "Wichita Lineman," laced with enough melodic nuances and afterthoughts to give you some serious goose bumps. A. even had the cultivated musical vision to seek out a Beatles song you are unlikely to hear another cover of: the beautiful B-side "Yes It Is." It's the originals that really hit you between the ears, though. "Oh Yeah" is a funky, finger-snapping pop
ock tune that was embraced by a number of East Coast radio stations shortly after the album's release. On "Up in the Attic," A. lays down some rapid country picking much like that of Jimmy Bryant or Joe Maphis. A. plays a bajo sexto (or "baritone" guitar) to add color to four of the tracks. He plays a lap steel on parts of the bouncy "Tex Critter"; on other sections of the song he seems to pay tribute to Chet Atkins. A Jeff Beck influence can be heard on the disc too. Despite all the influences, A. has a tone and style that is distinctly his. This is a "must have," especially for those into instrumental guitar music.
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Performance CreditsJohnny A. Primary Artist,Banjo,Guitar,Bajo Sexto,Lap Steel Guitar
John LaMoia Percussion
Ed Spargo Electric Bass
Mark Valentine Hand Clapping,Finger Snapping
Craig MacIntyre Drums
Technical CreditsWillie Cobbs Composer
Jimmy Webb Composer
Johnny Smith Composer
David Lefkowitz Engineer
Johnny A. Producer
Mark Valentine Engineer
Dave Lefkowitz Engineer
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Get into your car...fill the tank with gas...and hit the road. Johnny takes you over hill and dale...and in my case right to the beach for an early morning surf session. Man oh man.
Where did this guy come from?!! I've been a guitar player for 25 years and hold such idols as Pat Metheny and Eric Johnson as my favorites. I just bought this CD and am totally impressed. Johnny A is another guitar phenomenon that I will enjoy listening to for years to come!