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John Fusco – John the Revelator

Label: Checkerboard Lounge Recordings

While best known as the creator of the 1986 blues movie classic ‘Crossroads’, John Fusco has returned to his musical stomping grounds with his second album John the Revelator; Fusco’s band, the X-Road Riders are a veritable cast of modern blues stars: Cody Dickinson (the North Mississippi Allstars), who produced Fusco’s first, appears behind the board again and also contributes drums, guitars, dobro, piano, and electric washboard. Memphis soul singer Risse Norman, who has toured and recorded with the
North Mississippi Allstars and Samantha Fish, also returns. They are joined by new Fusco collaborator Sarah Morrow, former trombonist for Ray Charles and bandleader for Dr. John, and renowned jazz guitarist/co-producer George Walker Petit. The 20-song, mostly self-penned double album is what Blues Blast Magazine calls authentic, emotionally powerful modern blues-infused roots music, with splashes of rock, soul, pop, and gospel.’ Binding it all together is Fusco’s voice. Not just his distinctive Hammond B3 and piano or his gritty, weathered vocals, but his way with words and especially deep drawn, cinematic characters — the too familiar huckster in “Snake Oil Man,” the doomed lovers of “Hottest Part of the Flame” with Morrow’s trombone evoking the femme fatale, and the down-and-out drifters of “Motel Laws of Arizona.”

Fusco has also brought back his ‘Northern Chapter’ of the Riders, enlisting Kurt Pierson (guitar), Denny Diego (bass), Magic Mark Lavoie (harmonica), and Spencer Perry (drums) on the 10 minute minor blues barn-burner ‘Bad
Dog .’

01 John the Revelator (4:46)
02 Baker Man (3:00)
03 Bone Deep (5:00)
04 It Takes a Man (3:30)
05 Ophelia (Oh, I Feel Ya) (2:00)
06 Don’t Mess Up a Good Thing (4:12)
07 Applejack Brandy (4:26)
08 Why You Chose Me (5:07)
09 Bad Dog (10:22)
10 Snake Oil Man (3:04)
01 Song for Peter (6:26)
02 Jacqueline (3:51)
03 Ho est Part of the Flame (4:17)
04 Language of Angels (3:49)
05 Fool’s Fire (5:31)
06 Baby, Let’s Not Borrow (4:10)
07 Moonstone Lady (4:26)
08 Motel Laws of Arizona (5:30)
09 Good Money A er Bad (4:33)
10 The Sun Also Rises (4:24)

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