The Soul of John Black

You ever go into a record store with an agenda. You know exactly what you want and what section it’s in. But somewhere between the entrance and the used country section, you start to second guess your agenda. It’s not because your eyes have been scanning the racks of music during your journey. It’s because you start to wonder if you can live out the rest of your day without owning the entrancing sounds coming from the stores speakers. By the time you’re holding the CD you came to get in the first place, you’ve already made up your mind that it is nothing in comparison to what the store is listening to. You make your way to the register with the intended album in hand. Your hand is shaking. Do you really want to spend your hard earned money on this paltry, mediocre album when you now know that there is such breathtaking music just as easily attainable? You ask the man behind the counter who the artist is. He goes into an in-depth description of the band, their sound, and why you should own it.

This has been the story of my life and, more sadly, why my savings account is scraping the bottom of the barrel. But if any of those times were worth it, it would be the summer day that The Record Archive in Rochester NY was playing The Soul of John Black. I was instantly addicted and to this day, still put it in often. With their fusion and R&B, Soul and Hip Hop, they have made their mark as being remarkably creative and genuine. The voice of John Bigham blends with the beats by producer Chris Thomas so perfectly that you would think that it was a one man show. The opening track “Scandalous No. 9” is what the Rat Pack would sound like if they lived in 2003…and were all black.

So why am I bringing up this act from 4 years ago? Because this week The Soul of John Black has brought the magic back with their second album “The Good Girl Blues”. Actually, the magic is an assumption, I dont own the album yet. I figured their dark and mysterious eponymous might be finally getting some attention and if that was the case, I wanted you to know that these guys are for real. So go support a great act and get either album. I can assure you their self titled debut is a smooth delight.


Two Strikes


~ by dtags21 on February 16, 2007.

One Response to “The Soul of John Black”

  1. John Blacks song on Good Girl Blues, I need a good girl really rocks. Have a feeling it’s gonna go far.

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