Big Jack “Oilman” Johnson lays down modern-day Mississippi Delta blues at their best. Hailing from Clarksdale, some of his songs come straight from his front porch, such as “Lonesome Road;” others are hot from a juke joint stage. Throughout, Johnson’s fiery riffs and jagged, intense slide and fretted solos give you no mercy. These are rollicking, sweating blues in the tradition of Elmore James and Robert Johnson.
This review originally appeared in VG‘s Dec. ’96 issue.