This is as much a showcase for the great stable of Delmark Blues guitarists as it is a vehicle for Shirley Johnson.
There’s no doubt about her vocal diversity as she moves effortlessly between guitar and vocal blues styles. Her warm, throaty delivery is well-suited for Robert Ward’s double stops as well as Johnny B. Moore’s slinging single-note delivery. You’ve probably heard enough versions of “Little Wing,” but Johnson’s arrangement with Ward on guitar is a completely different twist.
Johnson has been around for awhile, but from the sound of this album, she’s in the right place at the right time to get the recognition she deserves.
This article originally appeared in VG‘s Sept. ’02 issue. All copyrights are by the author and Vintage Guitar magazine. Unauthorized replication or use is strictly prohibited.