Johnny Copeland, An Introduction To Johnny Copeland

John Morthland

By John Morthland

on 04.22.11 in Reviews
Before he brought it all back home, this Texas bluesman was a regional success.

Before moving to New York in the mid '70s and recording a string of outstanding albums for Rounder, Johnny Copeland cut numerous singles for Houston-based labels filled with biting guitar playing and gritty singing. Though “Down on Bending Knees” is gripping blues in anybody's book, several of these '60s tracks are heavily influenced by rock and soul. Real good stuff, even if it differs from Working Man Blues, also available on eMusic, by just four songs.