Johnny Jay Huhta | A Road Well Traveled

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A Road Well Traveled

by Johnny Jay Huhta

You can laugh, cry, dance, reminisce or whatever to this Hall Of Famer's new disc. It's Early Rock, Rockabilly, Traditional Country and Country Rock. A collection spanning six decades.
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1. One Way Ticket
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2. I'm Gonna Keep It
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3. When The Blues Come Along
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4. Tears
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5. Let Me Keep You Company
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6. The Bartender Song
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7. I Don't Leave Home Without It
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8. Buck $2.80
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9. Touch My World
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10. I Think of You
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11. Reasonable Facsimile Thereof
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12. That's What I Like About Love
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13. Rosy Glow
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14. Sugar Doll
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15. Brown Bottle
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
The road to a career in the music business for Johnny Jay Huhta was paved with hopes, dreams, and the love for writing and singing songs. From his early teens there was never any doubt, in his mind, that this would be his mission in life. And like so many other things in life he soon found out there were bumps in that road, bumps like rejection, failure,and heartache. But preserverance and faith in his abilities drove him to pursue his goals until he acheived, as he puts it, "My fifteen minutes of fame, or was that ten minutes?"
He went on to write and record many songs, the best of which are included here and have been compiled from releases spanning over six decades, 1957-2006. Many of these recordings are embelished by such world famous musicians and singers as Hank Garland, Pete Drake and The Jordanaires to name just a few. John's twin brothers Max Lee and Mike Wesley also made musical contributions down through the years.
It all started out in 1957 at RCA's studio "B" in Nashville, Tennessee. "Sugar Doll" was the first tune recorded by Johnny but was not destined for RCA Victor Records. It ended up on another major label, Mercury Records, then headquarted in Chicago, Illinois. That tune and others on Mercury and Play Records would land him in the Rockabilly Hall of Fame fifty years later and prompt him to start recording again, hence a new, critically acclaimed CD, "Back in the game" was released in 2006.
In the late 60's, Johnny became aquianted with steel guitar great Pete Drake who was starting a new record label, Stop Records. He was signed to become their very first recording artist. This gave John a chance to start recording country music, not a big stretch, but something he'd wanted to do for a long time. His very first single for Stop, "Buck $2.80", was well received by critics and radio all over the world and established him as a bonifide country music artist.
But the ride wasn't always a piece of cake, there were more bumps in that road like, too much booze and too many drugs which brought more heartaches and his eventual hiatus from the music biz.
That's all back there around the bend somewhere now and the road is smoother, though shorter than it used to be and as it's been said before, "It's not the destination that counts it's the journey". And some journey it's been and a road well traveled by Johnny Jay Huhta.


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Jim

A Road Well Traveled
I told my wife I was going to order one of Johnny's CD'S, and she said "Why not get them both...glad she did.."The first one we listened to was "A Road Well Traveled"...some old favorites...the kind that make you want to sing along.It's real country.

Dianne

A road Well Traveled
What a great selection of songs..fun to listen to and one of the neat things is most of them were written by the artist Johnnyjay.Listening to this cd will give you even more appreciation of the many talents of this man.

Gil

Back in The Game
I like to Listen to music and John Huhta makes good music. Get a good cup of coffe, prop your feet up on the table, watch the river slide by, listen to John sing; doesn't get any better. Listen to "A Road Well Travelled", more of the good for a long time.

Pamela

"ARoad Well Traveled"
I purchased this CD for my husband because he's an "old school guy" when it comes to music but after listening to it I've been converted into an "old school gal" and can't get enough of it!

Pat Rotsaert Berg


I want to order both of his albums. I graduated from high school with Johnny.

Rick

"A ROAD WELL TRAVELED"
After listening to this CD and having the opportunity to see Johnny Jay perform live at the Cowboy & Hobo Days Music Festival I'm amazed that he was'nt inducted into the Rockabilly Hall of Fame sooner.

Eric Peltoniemi

A Road Well Traveled
Anyone in love with the great American genre collectively known as Country Music will love this career retrospective spanning 1957 to 2006 by Rockabilly Hall of Fame inductee, Johnny Jay Huhta. There have been several different strains to country music that have evolved over the years…many turns and byways…and this great (albeit lesser-known) artist has traveled many of them, totally immersing himself in the changes.
A Duluth, Minnesota native, Johnny Jay started out in rockabilly, that wild child mixture of country, hillbilly, western swing, boogie woogie and jump blues. Though it was mainly Southern in origin, Johnny Jay took to it like a duck to water; the tracks represented here are nothing but the real d eal. 1957-1958 era songs like “I’m Gonna Keep It,” “Sugar Doll” and his originals “That’s What I Like About Love” and “Let Me Keep You Company” illustrate that from the beginning Johnny Jay was a completely natural singer, musician and songwriter. The raw edge to his voice on a song like “Sugar Doll” would excite any modern youth into grunge music or punk rock, while his smoother side carried him into Ricky Nelson-like territory on songs like “Let Me Keep You Company.”
But time changes, music changes, and so do people, and this collection shows that eventually Johnny Jay moved quite comfortably into mainstream country. As a listener, I really like the fact that this collection is not sequenced chronologically. The old and the new are mixed up in a very nice program and we a constantly reminded of the whole picture. My one critique would be that the tracks aren’t dated in the package, making it hard for the more historically-minded listener to tell “what” came along “when.” That aside, these remaining all-country tracks are equally wonderful. And impressively, everyone is a Johnny Jay original.
One thing you first notice is how much Johnny Jay’s voice has evolved and changed over the years. In fact it would be difficult to recognize the singer of “Sugar Doll” as the same singer in “Touch My World.” However, little twists and turns tie them all together. Johnny Jay has always been an expert at phrasing his words and stories; he always finds the right pocket for the lyric in the melody and gets its meaning across. He has always been a genuine and confident singer.
And like many country artists, Johnny Jay is quite open about the fact that much of his life was tough and in the end a long hard battle with sobriety (a battle he won, I might add). Life as a musician on the road is no romantic picnic, so it is no surprise then that many of the songs are about love relationships gone wrong and tavern life. But of course these happen to be the two of the main topics in country songwriting! Johnny Jay writes lyrics that articulately and vividly paint the ups and downs of these experiences, while at the same crafting songs that are entertaining and stick in your head like glue.
“One Way Ticket” is an up-tempo classic that evokes the best of Hank Snow. The shuffle-tune “Tears (Keep On Falling)” sounds like it could have been a hit by any number of the Opry legends. The bottle is the recurring theme of songs like “Rosy Glow,” “When the Blues Come Along,” the been-there-done-that recitation “The Bartender Song” and “Brown Bottle” (a farewell to drinking). All four are well written and devoid of cliché. If you’ve heard Johnny Jay before, you know his lyrics often exhibit wit and clever word play and both qualities are on full bloom in the hard luck song “Buck $2.80” and the self-deprecating love pitch, “Reasonable Facsimile Thereof.”
The three remaining songs are also winners: “I Don’t Leave Home Without It” is about staying faithful and true while out with the boys, “Touch My World” is a tender offer of support to someone whose life is troubled, and “I Think of You” (the one track from “Back in the Game”) sings of how events and occurrences can bring back the memory of a love long gone.
I love this CD. No matter which era each track was recorded, it is skillfully supported by great string-popping session players, many them legends in Nashville music. Johnny Jay Huhta may not be a household name, but this collection bears testimony to one of the truly great artists to emerge from our Frozen North. Bob Dylan and Prince watch out!
Eric Peltoniemi