John Campbelljohn Nerves Of Steel

John Campbelljohn is a blues musician from the kitchen party capital of Celt-dom: Cape Breton, NS. His forte is the slide guitar and although he cites Allman, Winter and Sonny Landreth as his inspirations, his approach pays heed to the subtleties of Fred McDowell, Son House and Earl Hooker. Campbelljohn wields these stylistic influences across his choices of traditional and more boisterous blues fare, conquering one blues bar at a time with their highly charged, definitely blues-based brand of roots rock. This third release is a disc you need to sit with. Elements of laid-back rock, reggae and country permeate his compositions, each dyed in a sophisticated blues wash. Like Winter, he plays tough blues. Unlike Winter, his ferocity is understated in his mastery of his slide-playing. Taste, tone and feeling - the mantra of the instrument's best players - are all here. Two-time recipient of "Canadian Blues Slide Guitarist of the Year" and previously nominated as "Songwriter of the Year," Campbelljohn continues his quest to perfect his craft by leaps and bounds. (Independent)