John Harrelson | Mojave

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Mojave

by John Harrelson

Blues-Americana. Hank Williams-meets-Howlin' Wolf at a Stones' show. Guitar-based rock and roll, with rumbling vocals, deep-in-the-pocket drumming and the occasional pedal-steel and mandolin sweetness.
Genre: Blues: West Coast Blues
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2. Evangeline
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3. Mojave
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5. I Don't Like You
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7. Money Walk
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9. Joshua Tree '73
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11. Gone Tomorrow
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
JOHN HARRELSON-- "MOJAVE"

WHAT BETTER ENDORSEMENT? AN E-MAIL EXCHANGE WITH ALEJANDRO ESCOVEDO
E-MAIL EXCHANGE-- 3/4/08
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Mar 4, 2008 7:52 AM

Subject:
RE: Yes and Thank you

John,
Thank you for getting back to me.I saw you and your band play a
couple times, once at UCI [May 1rst, '69 w/Led Zepplin] and at
the San Andreas Boogie? [Actually the Palm Strings Pop
Festival, April 1rst, '69] The experience has never worn thin
on my consciousness. Your recent album sounds down and dirty in
the best of ways. Are there any film clips of Hard Luck Boy?
Good Luck on all your endeavors and i hope this communique
finds you healthy and smiling. Alejandro Escovedo
*****@***.com


----------------- Original Message -----------------
From: John-- JWfH
Date: Mar 4, 2008 1:34 AM

Indeed, I was the vocalist for Hard Luck Boy-- Send me
your e-mail address and I'll forward you some stuff--
Thank you for the enthusiasm-- I looked at your page
and hope to hear from you-- Where? When? Etc. -- JH

WHAT DO YOU NEED?

This recording reflects living. From the isolation suggested in the title track to through the true love expressed in "Gone Tomorrow" or the nasty lust of
"Cheatin' On Jesus"--this CD is about living.
Harrelson assembled a group of songs that summon "Beggar's Banquet" and "Let It Bleed" on one hand and "Honky Tonk Masquerade" and "Car Wheels On a Gravel Road," too.
John Harrelson is a Bluesman first. This CD, though, is not any kind of traditional Blues. You can hear Mississippi and Chicago inside of "Pony Run" and "Honky Tonk Moon"
but there's a lot of the California desert here, too. Dry and isolated.
And two slices of the Louisiana bayou. Both are celebrations of that "Cajun thang."
Some Hillbilly revenge and some straight-talk that so many yearn to hear.

Jeff Ross [Rank & File, Hellecasters, Desert Rose Band, William Clarke] serves up some of his fantastic guitar playing. The Moultrie Sisters and some of the
Sugar Mountain Mama Serenade add backing vocals. And Harrelson brings true stories to you.

This is the third in a trilogy of CDs that are currently avilable from Harrelson. "Streets of Heart and Lust" and "Feral Angel" are here at CDBaby also.

[www.johnharrelson.com ]


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All Night at the Lonesome Cafe

Mohave is a musical sandstorm
This album allows no "casual observers." Listening is hardcore voyeurism. It's a front row seat to the artist's eperiences - the good , the bad and the downright ugly.

John Harrelson's voice isn't the sound of fingernails on a chalkboard, it's razorblades on your heart, it's rough, but so is life and when he sings, you bleed with him - even on the "up tunes." John's recollections of happier times just make you feel like you're trapped in purgatory rather than Hell.

If this doesn't sound like a rave review, you've got it all wrong. I need my music to scratch the itches I can't reach, and Mojave scratches hard.

Harvey Kasser

Harrelson at his best
should rank high in anyone's collection. Harrelson at his very best

Craig Rowe

Absolutely the best Blues album in the last 10 years!!!
"Masterpiece!" That's what word recalls the first listening of "John Harrelson: Mojave". Repeated listenings offer the depth that only John Harellson can produce. Nods from early Stones, Muddy Waters (w/ J. Winter), Texas Blues, Zydeco, 60's Folk-Country and the modern artists repertoire abound. JWH doesn't copy though...he takes it further. Further than anyone thought possible. Again, if your fan of great songwriting, guitar virtuosity, solid soulfull vocals or just a dammn good blues record....you'll love this album!!!

Bubba

Words matter
I once had an English teacher tell me (my class) that the English have an award ceremony for writers/novelist/authors that is on par with our Oscar awards, and that we Americans have quite a difficult time grasping this concept. Well, I am an English Major and I do have a hard time grasping this concept, though that is because I live in and am from America and I see how little we read and write and respect the written word in this country. And that goes for all forms, including music.

This CD is the work of a writer who is in tune with his soul and has spent years of laborious work to pave a direct path from brain to hand--a hand that pens his thoughts, but also a hand that frets his soul.

this CD is the work of an artist, an artist who isn't so concerned with making music for you, 'cause, well, he makes music that is a reflection of him. And I mean a reflection, a mirror reflection. He is hiding nothing, and because of this can we see a man so picture perfect that you can almost reach out rest your hand on his shoulder as if to tell him directly, "Thank you." Who's the last songwriter that you know that could do that?

Don't be dissuaded by the possibility of an album being to entrenched in a singular being that you cannot relate to it, however. This CD calls to you, my friend and has something to say. But don't worry if you don't catch it the first time, it ain't heavy, but you must pay attention, and John knows it. And that is why he has centered around himself a first rate band that knows there way around a tune, he wants you to have a good time, it is music after all. He ain't not slouch either. Doctorate. Teacher. A dozen (at least) instruments mastered. A dozen more proficient on.

But this ain't trite technical school ensemble shit either. This man was trained by the Stones, Zeppelin, Joplin, Ely, Davis, Butterfield, Wolf, and Williamson just to name a few. And he holds their torch high and strong and with pride. This music is raw and powerful, yet maintains the refinement of a musical logician who don't let a 1/100th of beat off time slip for shits sake.

This ain't your average music. You won't hear it on the radio--he ain't gonna make a tune for you, but he'll play it for you till his lights go out. And trust me, they have gone out, and he is still playin'.

A great album, but a real troubadour--buy it, you deserve. Let music satisfy your soul, not just bob your head.

John Hauge

this cd is fantastic, buy it.
if you like your music raw and pure then this cd is for you. nothing over produced. no cover tunes, all original material. it's from the heart and soul of what rock and roll/blues/country are all about. give it a listen and you will see what i mean.

harley dude

mojave, john harrelson
just got back from sturgis, south dakota, after a 15hr drive, loaded some of john's music on my ipod... while cruisin through the blackhills i would hear one of johns tunes on my shuffleplay along with the allman bros, mark-almond band, rollin stones, keith urban, on and on...
...it was amazing how good his music sounds, the clarity of his guitar work, sometimes i would forget who the artist was and would remember thats "harrelson".... this album "mojave" is a must for any rock n'roll/blues affecianado... i highly recommend it.... harley dude