Song Review: Sam Johnston Goes Deep in "The River"
Sam Johnston means it.
Like, dude really means it.
All the proof is right there from the get-go; when he unloads that riff on you, there’s no denying the truth: you’re gonna know this guy.
Johnston, a Lone Star State native, packs a wallop as a blues guitarist. "The River," a killer track from his latest EP (Longing), is a superb showcase of his talents. Excellently crunchy, bluesy like all hell broke loose, and with just enough funk in the bass to put some stank on it, this song is a kick right in the ass. There’s a certain bayou-feel to Johnston’s style, calling for some righteous slide riffs on the electric guitar.
Johnston’s voice has the perfect amount of grit to it, leaving room to soften things up when needed, while still being able to let out a primal shout where called for. His solos are not without purpose; you can tell there’s passion in those notes, meaning in those tones. You feel what he feels when you hear it. The intent is clear. You are along for the ride, and the ride rocks.
I can’t wait to see Sam Johnston live at our showcase this month (June 20th at The 5 Spot!). If he plays live with as much soul as he gives his recordings, we’re in for one wild night.