Wednesday, July 29, 2020

The Blues Come Pouring Out Of The Latest Album From John Fusco and the X-Road Riders

Bluesman John Fusco and his band, the X-Road Riders wasted no time making their sophomore album "John The Revelator," which will be released on July 31 through Checkerboard Lounge Recordings. Not only was is written, recorded and produced in less than a year, it is also a double album that features two different line-ups of the band, the Southern Chapter and the Northern Chapter. Musician/producer Cody Dickinson (North Mississippi All-Stars) is once again behind the mixing desk producing the album and adding whatever special touches were need to make the blues come bleeding from your speakers.

The first disc of this new double album centers around the "Southern Chapter" and starts off with the traditional tale of "John The Revelator," as Fusco sings with a passion and anger that lifts the spirits of the past. The album continues with the stark, raw blues of "Baker Man," before the band adds an edgier rock vibe to "Bone Man." John Fusco does his best Randy Newman impression with the poetic-piano ballad "Ophelia (Oh I Feel Ya)," while "Don't Mess Up A Good Thing" has a swinging, New Orleans jazz feel, as Fusco and Risse Norman duet wonderfully on the track. The first disc wraps up with the slow-moving, ten-minute blues jam "Bad Dog" and the piano-solo "Snake Oil Man," which highlights Fusco's songwriting talents.

Disc two aims at the "Northern Chapter" of the blues, beginning with New York City-style blues of "Song For Peter," as John's ruff vocals adds that extra feel of emotion to the song's storied lyrics. The band brings in some of that southern style blues during the swampy sound of "Hottest Part Of The Flame," while "Fools Fire" carries a little touch of gospel mixed with the blues. John Fusco pours his soul and emotions into the heartfelt ballad "Baby, Let's Not Borrow," before finishing up his new double-album with the big rock sound of "Good Money After Bad" and the quieter, uplifting flow of "The Sun Also Rises." To find out more about John Fusco and the X-Road Riders and their latest release "John The Revelator," please visit facebook.com/XRoadRiders.

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