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J.P. Soars - Back Of My Mind

Back Of My Mind

J.P. Soars

Available from J.P. Soars' web site.

A review written for the Folk & Acoustic Music Exchange
by Tampa Blue
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Here's why you should listen to JP Soars. He's good. No, he's excellent!

But there are a lot of excellent blues musicians out there. JP Soars has managed to develop his own sound. That makes a difference. His voice is…Man, where'd he get that voice? It reminds me of John Rebennack or maybe even Louis Armstrong at times. JP has a voice that you shouldn't like but will because it is just too damned perfect for the material he's presenting.

And there's some pretty slick guitarists out there. JP Soars has got the chops. He's got the timing. He's got the sensitivity. He's got the TONE! And on the Back Of My Mind CD, JP Soars is framed perfectly by bassist, Don Gottleib and drummer, Chris Peet.

Back Of My Mind starts off with the autobiographical Born In California, Raised In Arkansas that should make you sit right up an pay attention to this music. But it is not the best cut to my mind. Deeper inside the are tracks like Willie Dixon's 29 Ways that makes me ready to head to New Orleans for party time. There's a version of Muddy Water's Gypsy Woman that I think would make Muddy proud even though it is recreated here in JP's own style and unlike anything I ever heard Muddy do.

Soars offers up several original tunes also. The song writing is good but the thing that really makes them work are his voice and guitar. A notable exception to this is his Baby I Used To Love You.

Soars is also comfortable enough in his own way of doing things to tackle the old Gary Davis tune, Cocaine. His version is more like something Taj Mahal might have done than Gary Davis. But it works and it works well.

So, you should listen to JP Soars because he is not just good, he's excellent!

Track List:

  • Born In California, Raised In Arkansas (JP Soars)
  • A Letter To My Girlfriend (Guitar Slim)
  • 29 Ways (Willie Dixon)
  • Will I Ever (JP Soars)
  • Gypsy Woman (McKinley Morganfield)
  • Call My Baby (JP Soars)
  • Low Dirty Deal (T-Bone Walker)
  • Cocaine (Reverend Gary Davis)
  • Gangster Of Love (Johnny Guitar Watson)
  • Been Down So Long (JB Lenoir)
  • Baby I Used To Love You (JP Soars)
  • Blue Drag (J Myrow)

Edited by: David N. Pyles


Copyright 2009, Peterborough Folk Music Society.
This review may be reprinted with prior permission and attribution.

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