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FAME Review: Johnny Moeller - BlooGaLoo
Johnny Moeller - BlooGaLoo!


Johnny Moeller

Severn CD 0049

Available from Severn Records.

A review written for the Folk & Acoustic Music Exchange
by Mark S. Tucker

Johnny Moeller was born in the wrong ethnicity, 'cause this white boy is fully loaded up with soul 'n then some, to the nines, and BlooGaLoo! sounds like a long-lost funky blues-soul gem from the old Stax-Watts Days, sharp-edged, wailin', and bulging with Memphis, Chicago, and South Central. Lightnin' Hopkins set Moeller's hair on fire the moment the needle hit groove on a side he'd unearthed at a local LP shop while still a lad of impressionable (y)ears, and, from that point forward, there was no doubt what he was destined for.

This disc jet propels the listener straight back to the slidezone shared by the 50s and 60s. Johnny Otis, John Lee Hooker, Albert Collins, T-Bone Walker, Wayne Cochran, Link Wray, and a host of halcyon brash guitar players and singers form a kindred link from that era to this, not to mention the decently healthy ladleful of psychedelic rock-blues hit by Jimi, Steve Miller, Neil Merryweather, and other stormy-weather cats.

Kim Wilson, Lou Ann Barton, and Shawn Pittman decided to drop in for five cuts between 'em, measurably augmenting Moeller's very firm back-up home band, especially strong in Matt Ferrell, whose organ and piano contributions are thick, rich, and smoky. The J. Geils Band was pretty well acclaimed for this kind of material, but Moeller beats 'em hollow, far more planted in the Southern low-lyin' climes and temperament than Petey Wolf and the boys were, they being more the partying frat lads and such. Johnny isn't just playing this style, he lives it, a force of nature when it comes to cases. BlooGaLoo! gets right in your face, then burrows down into soul and loins, and if you can resist the infectious howl and clamor of it all, then yer a calmer man than me, Gunga Din.

Track List:

  • BlooGaLoo (Johnny Moeller)
  • I'm Movin' On Up (Johnny Moeller)
  • Trick Bag (Earl King)
  • Got a Feelin' (Jessie Anderson)
  • I'm Stuck on You (Ladell "Slim" Hill)
  • Theme from the One Armed Swordsman (Johnny Moeller)
  • Everybody's Got to Cry Sometime (Cy Coben)
  • Raise Your Hands (Johnny Moeller)
  • Well Goodbye Baby (Caronna / Sims)
  • Shufflin' Around (Johnny Moeller)
  • Tease Me Baby (Hooker / Besman)

Edited by: David N. Pyles


Copyright 2010, Peterborough Folk Music Society.
This review may be reprinted with prior permission and attribution.
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