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Come Rain or Come Shine

by Jelly Roll Johnson

Harmonica ace Jelly Roll Johnson delivers a collection of jazz-blues tunes dripping with soul, featuring a stellar organ trio; this album has blues, ballads and Blue Bossa, beautifully played on diatonic and chromatic harmonica.
Genre: Jazz: Soul-Jazz
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1. Moanin'
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2. Killer Joe
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3. Come Rain or Come Shine
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4. Sugar
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5. The Preacher
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6. Willow Weep for Me
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7. Blue Bossa
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Album Notes
This instrumental album spotlights Jelly Roll’s sensual harmonica and an organ trio, featuring Pat Bergeson on guitar, Charles Treadway on B-3 organ and Chris Brown on drums. Jazz-blues classics Moanin’ by Bobby Timmons and Sugar by Stanley Turrentine, and standards Come Rain or Come Shine and Willow Weep for Me receive soulful treatments by the band. This collection also features fun romps through Killer Joe and The Preacher. Jelly Roll’s smooth take on Blue Bossa closes this noteworthy album.

Kirk "Jelly Roll" Johnson's distinctive, soulful style of harmonica has earned him critical acclaim, numerous awards, and a place among Nashville's top session musicians.

A native of Lake Charles, Louisiana, Jelly Roll's career has spanned 40 years. He began playing harmonica at age 19 in Cleveland, Tennessee. After touring with several rock, blues and country groups, he settled in Knoxville to work with the Tommy Cole Band. From 1979 to 1989, Jelly Roll played concerts and club dates all across America with Warner Brothers recording artist Con Hunley. The group opened for acts such as Alabama, The Oak Ridge Boys, Loretta Lynn and Emmylou Harris.
Since moving to Nashville in 1984, he has recorded with Trisha Yearwood, Kenny Rogers, Etta James, Guy Clark, Lee Ann Womack, Travis Tritt, Shania Twain, The Judds, Alan Jackson and many others. His unique sound has been heard on over 60 gold and platinum albums, including three Grammy winning albums by Randy Travis.

Jelly Roll has made numerous television appearances with various artists, including Faith Hill on "Late Show with David Letterman," Alan Jackson and Jamie O'Neal on "Tonight Show with Jay Leno," Trisha Yearwood and the Judds on the "Country Music Association Awards Show," and Con Hunley on "Austin City Limits" and "Soundstage."

In 1998, Jelly Roll won the Nashville Music Award for Best Wind Instrumentalist. After receiving nominations for 1998 and 2000, he won the best Specialty Instrument Award for 2003 and 2008 from the Academy of Country Music.

Jelly regularly performs at Nashville's world-famous Bluebird Cafe with hit songwriters Fred Knobloch, Thom Schuyler, and Tony Arata.
Jelly Roll Johnson is an exclusive endorser of Hohner harmonicas.


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PT Gazell

The Maestro does it again
It was early December 2012 when I got a call from my good friend Jelly Roll Johnson. After a bit of Nashville chitchat, Jelly informed me that he was about to record an EP of 7 songs.
This immediately got my attention since Jelly Roll does not take documenting his playing lightly. In February I got another call from the maestro asking if I would be interested in mastering the project. I said yes.
As soon as I got the mixes and started to listen I knew this was going to be good. The instrumentation was the first thing that grabbed me. Jelly Roll on harmonica, Pat Bergeson on guitar, (yeah that Pat Bergeson) Chris Brown on drums (same drummer I have used on my last three CDs,) and Charles Treadway on B3 organ!
That B3 organ with Charles kicking bass pedals is what makes this a sonic delight. My first thought was, that it had that classic jazz sound to it. You know, like a Cannonball Adderley or Gene Ammons LP. It’s jazz, but it has that Soul and Rhythm and Blues feel to it.
Of course none of that matters if you don’t have the musical vocabulary to match the songs and instrumentation. Believe me… these guys do!
Charles, Pat & Chris sound like they been out gigging 6 nights a week at all the important venues nationwide. They know when to play, what to play, and how to play with each other.
Which brings me to Jelly Roll. This guy’s low key and humble personality does not properly convey the musical prowess that has made him the first call session player here in Music City for years.
That thick buttery tone, coupled with his relaxed approach to the beat has always made me envious. Jelly never seems to be in a hurry with his delivery, and that makes it twice as hard to pull off since there is no place to hide. No gimmicks here, just great playing and exceptional control and tasteful vibrato.
Check out the Title cut “Come Rain Or Come Shine” to see what I am talking about. This is about as deep in the pocket as it gets. Two other cuts that really stand out for me are:
“Moanin” ~ There have been a lot of harmonica players covering this over the years but Jelly Roll pretty much ends the conversation with this version.
“Sugar” ~ I am going to say it, and will take the heat….Jelly Roll owns this song! I have not heard anyone else do this on diatonic and hit all those triplets in the melody. A real Third Position Minor treat. Fantastic solo!
Two other tracks feature Jelly Roll on Chromatic, “Killer Joe” & “Blue Bossa.”
“Preacher” and “Willow Weep For Me” round out the EP.
This is what harmonica playing should be like regardless of genre. Well done my friend!