J.J. Vicars | Long Way From Home

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Long Way From Home

by J.J. Vicars

Turn the dump over and go home with the waitress Rock 'n' Roll with some buckle-polishing ballads.
Genre: Rock: Roots Rock
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1. Maybe I'll Know You
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2. Cutie Pie
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3. Talk to Your Daughter
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4. Ain't Waitin' Anymore
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5. Solitude
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6. Icebreakin'
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7. Ballad of the Bumbling Pygmies
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8. John Hardy
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9. Sleep Walk
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10. Too Many Holes
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11. Movie Queen
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


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Nearly a decade of self-imposed exile spent honing his craft produced the 5th album from guitarist/vocalist/songwriter J.J. Vicars, LONG WAY FROM HOME. From the turbo-charged Rockabilly of "Maybe I'll Know" and the sleazy bump 'n' grind of "Cutie Pie" to the elegiac ballad "Solitude" and the barn burning guitar instrumental "Icebreakin'" LWFH is a roller coaster ride that sees J.J.V. plying his on-stage trademark boogie while also indulging other musical interests, all of it held together by his signature guitar stylings. Classics such as the Blues standard "Talk To Your Daughter", the timeless "Sleepwalk" and the traditional "John Hardy" get the JJV treatment as well. Add dashes of R&B, Western Swing and J.J.'s sick sense of humor and you get a one of a kind album.


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Jeremy Gloff

Vicars' Best Yet
It’s been awhile since we heard from JJ Vicars - the blues and rock ‘n’ roll afficionado who operated out of...Japan of all places. And much as one wouldn’t except first-rate blues rock to come out of Japan...one also might be pleasantly surprised by the consistency of his new disc LONG WAY FROM HOME.

Unlike JJ’s last release, 2009‘s odds and ends collection LONG HAIRED LEFTOVERS, this new album finds the artist here and now. A warm, rootsy maturity underlines this collection of song. The album opens with the shuffling “Maybe I’ll Know You”. While some of JJ’s past rock and rollers might have been a little beer-stained, this album’s opening track shuffles along like a locomotive. I get the same happy and comfortable vibe as the first time I heard Gram Parson’s “Luxury Liner” opening Emmylou Harris’ 1977 album of the same name.

The album continues along with “Cutie Pie” - a gritty and swampy rocker - the shuffling “Talk To Your Daughter” - and the pure rock “Ain’t Waitin’ Anymore.”

Midway through the album we are treated to a couple instrumentals - the gorgeous “Solitude” and the rollicking “Icebreakin’”

Another instrumental “Ballad Of The Bumbling Pygmies” is the closest that LONG WAY HOME gets to the snarky abandon of JJ’s previous album LONG HAIRED LEFTOVERS.

“John Hardy” continues the album in a rootsy direction - complete with accordian. This stellar track wouldn’t be out of place on a vintage Creedence Clearwater Revival album.

“Sleep Walk” is another beautiful, vintage instrumental.

The album continues with two Vicars originals - the easygoing “Too Many Holes” and the rockin’ “Movie Queen” followed by a John Lee Hooker cover - “Hucklebuck”.

The swingin’ “Deadbeat Blues” closes out the album.

Overall, this is the most consistent and enjoyable album by JJ Vicars yet. There’s a warm, retro sound to the whole album...yet there’s enough energy to keep things fresh, vibrant, and vital. A rock and roll purist in every sense of the word, I am confident we will keep hearing from Vicars for years to come - and each album will be better and better.

As a postscript, it’s only fitting that shortly after releasing an album called LONG WAY FROM HOME that Vicars relocated back to the United States.