‘Down The Line’ - Johny Corrigan - a distinct feel-good feeling flows through every track(October 13, 2015)
Certainly more rock than folk the eclectic ‘Down The Line’ from singer-songwriter Johny Corrigan clearly combines a myriad of influences - folk, rock and blues. Touches of softly rocking Americana sit comfortably beside bluesy overtones while in its softer moments there’s a discernible folky balladic quality. The eleven self-penned songs feature Johny on vocals and that’s a major attraction as this is a voice that is eminently listenable and wholly expressive. Whether softly expressing the feelings of ‘Down The Line’, ‘Let Go’ and ‘If I Had’ or driving home the message through songs like ‘Let It Shine’, One Way Train’ or 'Gimme All You Got' - a distinct feel-good feeling flows through every track.
‘Down The Line’ features a musician line up to be envied, including Alan Thomson (bass) Alyn Cosker (drums) Colin Tully (sax) Jim Prime (acoustic piano) John McCusker (fiddle, cittern, whistle playing) Gordon Wilson (drums) Pete Harvey (cello) Sandro Ciancio (percussion) Stuart Nisbet (pedal steel guitar) Ted McKenna (drums) Heidi Talbot (guest vocals) Elliot Murray, Russell Stewart and Tracey Braithwaite (backing vocals).
The spread of influence pouring through this music results in a range of songs that will cross borders and transcend definitions picking up admirers along the way. The best advice I could give is sit back, relax and let the album wash over you ... it’s going to do you good.
Review: Tom Franks