"Live At the Bluesberry Café features some of the best swing I’ve heard on any record – blues or otherwise – in a long time, and I personally appreciate how adeptly its creator uses rhythm to make a statement to his audience. Like SRV before him, Riley is making Texas blues a little easier to digest." - Sebastian Cole – Gashouse Radio
"Preserving the aesthetical integrity of the blues as it was always meant to be kept. Johnny Riley is definitely worthy of the buzz.…off the charts infectious around every twist and turn the tracklist throws." - Clay Burton – IMMAI
"Johnny Riley has a lot of love for the blues in his soul. I think it’s an undebatable classic – and the best look Texas blues has had in quite some time." Mindy McCall – Indie Pulse Magazine
"From every note sung, to every note played and from the production process to the recording process, “Crossroads Of My Life” is a masterpiece… you guys were genius on this “song of the year” caliber project." - Peter “Blewzzman” Lauro - Blues Editor @ www.Mary4Music.com
“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 superstars.” – George Thorogood from the UK.
"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 ‘lets 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
Billy Hutchinson, journalist with “Blues Matters” magazine which is a 2007 “Keeping the Blues Alive Award Recipient says “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 from this Texan straight shooter”.
Eric Sabry with Rootstime in Belgium & the Netherlands says in a review “Johnny Riley finds the ideal mix between Texas and Mississippi …the CD confirms his singing qualities “he is a fine musician and more”…http://www.rootstime.be/
“Gil Anthony’s Blues Power Top 30 for June 2015 – Who’s on Top! Post in Jazz and Blues Florida includes Johnny Riley/Crossroads of My Life”.
Confessing The Blues Radio Network says, “One Hell of a Blues Man that has yet to Find His Due …. Johnny Riley … Check out the New Album …. “Crossroads of Life” John Riley is Raw, Ruff & Ready …..” –Cleve Baker Houstin
“Johnny Riley is the Real Deal”. CEO Ranch Records -Dixon Shanks
“VERY ENTERTAINING” “A true and authentic Country Blues Artist” ” A student of Americana” Lufkin Daily news –Camille Elington
“Blues/Rockin Country –No matter what box u put it in –JOHNNY RILEY will Kick it open and ROCK YOU.” – San Erikssone Kicks 105