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John Morthland

By John Morthland

on 04.22.11 in Reviews

This New Yorker's kinetic guitar, raspy vocals and studio band are rock-solid rather than flashy, covering considerable ground stylistically while retaining true blues grit. He's also an interesting songwriter, but his choice of outside material is the eye-opener: not just Muddy and Wolf, but also Sir Doug's "She's About a Mover" (!), Count Five's freakout "Psychotic Reaction" (!!) and one of the most moving versions of Leonard Cohen's "Bird on a Wire" you'll ever hear.