Press Reviews and Media about Jay Jesse Johnson
Strat slinger Johnson hits all the right notes on this collection of modern throwback blues. Whether sliding or fretting, his deep tone calls forth the masters, from SRV to Gibbons, but his songs are all his own.
-Michael Dregni / Vintage Guitar Magazine Vol. 32 No. 03 (Jan. 2018)
“In a world rife with shredders, it’s a treat to listen to someone like Jay Jesse who remains faithful to the root amid the musical flames he produces…guaranteed to blow the windows out of any roadhouse.”
–Marty Gunther / Blues Blast Magazine (August 25, 2017)
“Jay Jesse Johnson is a guitar slinger of the best kind. Fans of guitar-driven blues rock can fully indulge themselves with the new CD ‘Down The Hard Road’. For anyone who loves guitar violence in a blues rock album…the guitar work is excellent”.
–Jos Verhagen / Blues Magazine, Netherlands (August, 2017)
“The blues guitar virtuoso and singer, Jay Jesse Johnson and his quartet set the bar very high…with a technically perfect guitar style, broad imagination and tuneful, tasteful playing”.
-Blues Matters Magazine / UK (March 2016)
”From smokin’ slow blues and fast paced rocking boogie, he sets the blues on fire from both ends…”Beautiful feel, mood, and superior tone, JJJ shows the depth of his guitar mastery.”
-Blues Rock Review (Feb. 2016)
“Red hot and flawless…one of the most bodacious guitar players around”.
-Phillip Smith / Phillycheeze’s Rock and Blues Reviews (Dec.19, 2015)
Johnson not only proves his guitar prowess but whips up a healthy dose of toe-tapping groove that makes each song a memorable treasure.
-Todd K. Smith / The Electric Beard (Nov.2015)
“Amazing heavy guitar blues-rock! Johnson plays loud, clear and diverse…paying tribute to the creativity and style of modern blues-rock music”
– Alexey Kalachev, Blues News/Russia (October, 2015)
“Johnson has honed his craft while making classic records…his 5th release “Set The Blues On Fire” does just that with his Hendrixy, funk-blues rock”. –The Blues Magazine / UK ( Sept. 2015)
“Intense and passionate” Blues of fine quality. Jay Jesse Johnson is impressive…a must for fans of bright and shimmering guitar work.
-Walter Vanheuckelom, Rootstime / Belgium (Aug. 2015)
Jay Jesse Johnson can play like the devil. Listening to this recording you can feel the “polished grit” throughout. A musical high for sure.
-Tony Sison, The Dedicated Rockers Society (Aug. 08, 2015)
“Jay Jesse Johnson has distinguished himself as one of the premier guitar-slingers of the modern era.” – Steven Rosen (Author/Journalist) (August 2015)
“The cream of contemporary blues music. “Johnson is at his hard driving best””
-The Blues Magazine / Issue 6 (Apr 01, 2013)
“Jay Jesse Johnson is a Strat Cat. He burns up the frets with liquid-fire licks and eruptions of electric riffery at every stop. His deep, smoky voice is smooth like Gentleman Jack.”
– Jim Kanavy, Blues Blast Magazine (Jun 06, 2013)
“This is a modern day blues master keeping the spirit of the dearly departed alive and well…Illustrating what tremendous touch and tone he manages to get out of his guitar.”
– Clive Rawlings, Blues Matters Magazine (May 01, 2012)
“Blues fans and guitar-oriented music lovers are always looking for a CD that cooks from top to bottom. Jay Jesse Johnson has created an over the top product that will resonate loudly among blues rock enthusiasts.”
– Mike Varney, Shrapnel Records-Group (Aug 27, 2012)
“When you christen an album “Play That Damn Guitar” there is a certain pressure to prove that you’re not a sausage-fingered Fender- fumbler. Indiana gunslinger Johnson passes that test – he’s a gloriously fluid axeman.”
– Henry Yates, Classic Rock Magazine (Feb 01, 2011)
“Jay Jesse Johnson reigns supreme on the guitar and proves that he is the real deal”
– Joe Romagnola, Grooveyard Records (March, 2009)
“One of the most powerful and electrifying guitarist you will ever hear”. – LA’s The Place Magazine (March 2009)