ROSS JOHNSON & JEFFREY EVANS: Vanity Session: LP

May 20, 2014

This duo has a lot of Memphis pedigree. The sessions on this record are covers and originals created during Johnson and Evans’s longstanding barroom act, which I know nothing about, but sure hope to seek out. Lots of cronky rock’n’roll with the seams showing. The barroom feel comes across on the record. The highlight for me is a wilting version of “I’ve Had It.” It sounds really out of control in the best way. If you close your eyes and hold a beer under your nose, you can imagine you’re in a sleazy nightclub in Memphis. 

 –Billups Allen (Spacecase, spacecaserecords.com)

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