The Johnny Possum Band - Short Summer Album Review 2
05 Mar 2012 // A review by Mmdelai
The Johnny Possum Band (formerly known as "Johnny Possum's Good Time Hootin' Band"):
This is their 5th CD 'Short Summer', made up of eight original songs and three covers. The music is based around rock, blue-grass, Americana and folk. Definitely a traditional roots music sound. Originally from Christchurch, they have played New Zealand festivals for years as well as doing their own tours and events. They completed two mini tours of the USA - in 2007 receiving the "rising legends" award from the National Old Time Country and Bluegrass Association. Returning in 2008 to rave reviews and a growing fan base. They have planned another US tour for September this year.
They brought in producer Rob Mayes of Avalanche Audio to help redefine their sound on this album, so while it's exactly what you'd expect from their influences (in a good way), music and production wise it's polished and varied enough as well. The music blends guitar, fiddle, mandolin, banjo and upright bass for a familiar, classic sound that is also varied in it's dynamics. Bryan Peters is the main vocalist and mandolin player, he has a very soulful voice and lyrics. I know other members of the band grace the microphone at times as well, with three part harmonies featuring throughout their music live as well. I can imagine watching them in a smokey bar somewhere as an ideal setting, also at sunny festivals… which obviously they play well! I found this to be very human, heartfelt and honest music.
About The Johnny Possum Band
Since 2005, The Johnny Possum Band has been delivering their own brand of alt country/bluegrass/folk music featuring guitar, fiddle, mandolin, banjo and upright bass. From performances throughout New Zealand, to appearances at festivals and venues in the USA the band has developed a solid fan base and following.
Visit the muzic.net.nz Profile for The Johnny Possum Band