Jr. Juggernaut - Ghost Poison
Record Label: Suburban Home Records
Release Date: April 29, 2008
Jr. Juggernaut have their hands so deep in blues rock that it is believable they were trained by such aficionados of the blues as Gary “US” Bonds and Kenny Wayne Shepherd. The Los Angeles-based heartland rock/Americana trio show the weathered country soles of Drag The River and the proud Americana stamina of Two Cow Garage. Jr. Juggernaut take audiences through music inspired by driving long hours on dusty back roads and playing in tucked away roadhouses, all of it manifesting into their latest release, Ghost Poison. Produced by Jr. Juggernaut, Ghost Poison is gritty Southern rock with folk-blues trimmings which speak about America and relate to its populace on a personal level.
The band builds their album brick by brick, each piece layered on top of the next like precipitating raindrops streaming down a window pane falling on top of each other pushing the first one further down the glass. The band’s 3-part harmonies work this way. The rhythm section of Kevin Keller on bass and Waleed Rashidi on drums being one part, and guitarist Mike Williamson and his vocals being the second and third tier, touching down on each other and falling like raindrops down a sheet of glass. Track after track reveals a smoky blues/garage rock resonance in Williamson’s vocals and raveling guitar chords until the album heads South from its Mid-west of America origin with the soulful rock aria of “Midnight Mass.” The album kicks up the tempo with the roots rock influenced “Gone Before You Start” which is sweetened by wavy harmonica phrases. This is rock music with an Americana fuse. It’s brethren are The Allman Brothers Band, Neil Young and Gary “US” Bonds. Its fan base is blue collar America as the band infuses a working class theme in their music.
Jr. Juggernaut’s first full length release on Suburban Home Records, Ghost Poison speaks from the deep sentimental that the band has for Mid-west America. Their strong ties to blues rock is liken to Kenny Wayne Shepherd, and their sense of playing in harmony shows that their egos are left at the door when the trio enters the recording studio. Jr. Juggernaut are towing along the line that has brought the likes of Bruce Springsteen, Stevie Ray Vaughan and The Allman Brothers Band to the forefront and made blue collar rock reputable. Jr. Juggernaut do a fine job of keeping these fires burning.