Come On In My Kitchen
Stumps – commentary on popular culture that I live in regionally, globally, in the cosmos. Observations on behaviour is the theme that connects the seemingly scattered moods of these songs. Working with the futility of being creative and what it is to share the product of that creativity. What does it mean to write a song? What does it mean to listen to music? Does it mean anything at all? I could have just shared a meme – I choose music.
"It's wonderful roots collection. Loved the diversity! A real showcase of your musicianship and songwriting. It's fun how it goes from delta blues to surf to rock blues to front porch and beyond. A very strong album."
Bryan Klausing, Acoustic Rainbow
Imagine Blind Lemon Jefferson met up with John Philip Sousa on his way to the Blue Note. Down home toe-tapping acoustic roots music performed on TUBA, mandolin, slide guitar and drums.
"A sort of crossing between the legendary Hot Tuna and Leon Redbone as this trio can surely play pre-war blues very well but with the attitude of a (small) band from the early times of jazz."
Massimo Ferro, Italy www.highway61.it
Pat’s second record, Pitchin’ Day, has a rural rock feel somewhere between Mississippi John Hurt and Tom Petty, or Mance Lipscomb and Stephen Stills.
"The CD opens with a tribute to Warren Zevon, "Old Velvet Nose" and another number is definitely worth mentioning "Baby Surely Do", a nice number of Delta blues played with bottleneck and mandolin. But the nicest number on this CD for my part is "Broken Tooth", a funny story about looking for places to play "gigs" with a slide (!!!) throughout the whole number. Humour is indeed the fine-spun thread throughout the whole CD, the songs are simple, funny and subtle. As a guitarist Pat Johnson stands as his own man and is a master of "Piedmont fingerpicking". So for the lovers of fingerpicking blues and folk music this CD is definitely worth listening to."
Rootstime – Belgium
Is Pat’s debut release and features 11 original songs ranging in style from the Classic Piedmont single entendre blues of “Stinky Woman Blues” (yes it’s a love song), the angry hillbilly reggae of “26 Years” and a beatnik gumshoe groove on “Pocket Full Of Dirt”. A healthy personal vibe was created by enlisting only great friends and great musicians such as; Rob Joanisse (Bran Van 3000), Guy Kay (Luba, Cirque du Soleil), Chris DeZordo (Producer, Veronica Speedwell) and Matthew “Tuba” Wilson.
“Rather than sounding derivative Johnson seems to have something happening that’s purely his own. If you like music that seems to have been conceived on a country front porch, this is for you.”
T. Bruce Wittet, Muzik Etc.
Pat Johnson knows a thing or two about style. The blues loving singer-songwriter from Brockville, ON has crafted an admiral debut … clean finger-style guitar gives the bluesier material a Mississippi John Hurt sort of charm and his lyrics are humorous and entertaining. Would surely make even Taj Mahal crack a smile.
Brent Hagerman, Exclaim!