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By John Berbrich
FCE Staff 

JFI by Johnny Fink and The Intrusion CD Review

by John Berbrich


Last updated 3/3/2018 at 10:19am | View PDF

JFI by Johnny Fink and The Intrusion

First of all, consider the name: Johnny Fink and The Intrusion. With a moniker like Johnny Fink, you gotta figure the guy's been there; he's seen it, done it, and knows all about it. And he's backed by The Intrusion. You know those guys will just barge in wherever they like, take whatever they want, then stroll out the door leaving everyone on the floor wondering what the heck THAT was all about.

Johnny Fink and The Intrusion was known as the "Best kept secret in the Midwest Blues scene," which was true, until they won the Cincy Blues Society band challenge in 2015. Johnny won the Cincy Blues challenge in the "solo" category in 2016. They also won.....

But the Blues is not about winning awards, it's about making music. And it's about a lifestyle consonant with that music, a lifestyle that resonates with it. These songs explore the traditional Blues topics: relationships (mostly relationships gone bad), poverty, and loneliness-but the Blues can rejoice too, celebrate life even in its mean aspects.

All of which this CD does. Here's the lineup: Johnny Fink on guitar, vocals, and harmonica; Matt Newman on bass and backup vocals; Doug Moore on drums and all manner of percussion. Jimmy Rogers helps out on keyboards on a couple of songs and a half-dozen others assist on vocals here and there. Newman and Moore provide the solid foundation. Fink writes all the songs, both words and music, with a nod to the Beatles on "Go Away."

Johnny Fink plays a mean, lean guitar. Which matches his mean, lean voice. He's stern on "Oh No," one of my favorites; no one has ever needed to take a train to Chicago as badly as Johnny Fink. Another favorite is the celebratory "Let's Hear Some Blues," which was included on the 2017 CD, International Blues Challenge #33, produced by The Blues Foundation, and includes Fink's joyous guitar and a rowdy gang chorus. So many favorites. "The Fall," a slow solemn number about one of those crumbling relationships, includes a monster guitar break. Fink's resonator guitar wails on "Knew She Was Looking," a hopeful rocker with some of that Rogers piano. "Pain" is a slow thing, with agonized guitar. Another favorite is "Damn Broke," a low-gear acknowledgement of miserable poverty that features subtle, powerful guitar. The whole show concludes with the final song, "It's Alright." When things go really wrong, Fink reassures us: "That's the way that it goes/ Everybody knows/ That's the way that it goes/ Just hold on tight/ Everything's going to be alright."

This CD comes highly recommended. Available on Amazon; also check out their Facebook page for future events. It's going to be alright.


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