Friday, February 22, 2008
REVIEW: Johnny Neel - Gun Metal Blue
Johnny Neel – Gun Metal Blue
Gun Metal Blue opens with "Cross My Mind", which sounds like it might have been penned by Bruce Springsteen at his best. It's an opening salvo from this music industry veteran that could either be the high point of the album or a harbinger of what's to come. In this case it's both. Johnny Neel has created a gem of an album that runs the gamut from straightforward rock to roadhouse blues. At times he'll remind you of Springsteen, Bob Seger and Stevie Ray Vaughan.
Alternating from ballads ("Carolina", "Love Ain't A Bad Place", "Sure As The Day Is Long"), to incredibly infectious tunes ("Cross My Mind", "Not This Time", "My Little Feel Good", "Gun Metal Blue"); Johnny Neel knows how to keep the party moving. This is good time music, meant to be shared with friends over a beer in a dirty little roadside bar, or at a backyard barbecue on a warm summer day.
I highly recommend that if you're in the vicinity of a Johnny Neel show that you go. The only thing that could improve this music is to hear it live. You'll have a blast.
Rating: Buy It Now!
You can learn more about Johnny Neel at www.johnnyneel.com.