“Johnny Riley is a Southern US jukebox, melding roots music as well as capable of playing single genre country, blues, gospel, or bluegrass. With his Father from Texas, and his Mother, Clarksdale born and bred, his roots are deep. Johnny is a guitarist/singer and neither talent is playing catch up. Johnny Riley’s music is well written, strident and he isn’t pussy footing. The deal is real with this Texan straight shooter.”
Johnny Riley melds country, blues, and Southern rock into a perfect mix of rootsy Americana music. The relative simplicity of his melodies and rhythm makes this album a must have for any cross-country road trip down Route 66 or staying in with your favorite bottle of whiskey.
The Netherlands Radio Zuidplas says “Upon hearing the fantastic voice of Johnny Riley it is the clear, this singer is born for the blues. What a crushing impression the voice makes. The album ‘Crossroads Of My Life ‘ let’s us hear how a blues album is supposed to sound like. The texts have content, are sung with conviction and the band is in great shape. Impressive are the numbers ‘ No Letter Blues “and” John The Revelator ” are both very personal in nature, ‘ No Letter Blues “is about how the singer was abandoned by his wife while ‘ John The Revelator is an ode to his parents. In all ways, this is a great album.” –Rudolf van der Ree -Netherlands
Peter “Blewzzman” Lauro Blues Editor @ Keeping The Blues Alive Award Recipient says in his review of the CD – “From every note sung, to every note played and from the production process, to the recording process, “Crossroads Of My Life” is a masterpiece. The song is sung with such conviction; The lyrics tell a compelling story; The tone from every instrument is perfect and every one of those instruments can be perfectly heard throughout the track; Kudos to Johnny Riley (vocals, harp and rhythm guitar); Mike Lowrimore (Hammond B3); Bill Marshall (drums); Evan Leake (lead guitar, co-producer); J C Roberts (Bass, co-producer); and Barry Kemp (co-producer); collectively, you guys were genius on this “song of the year” caliber project.”
“Johnny I have just listened to all the tracks, the cd is one of the finest I have ever heard, the music is great and your voice is as good as the super stars.” – George Thorogood from the UK.