Mason, John-Alex / Jook Joint Thunderclap
Album:Jook Joint Thunderclap Collection:Blues
Artist:Mason, John-Alex Added:Jan 2011

A-File Activity
Add Date:2011-02-13 Pull Date:2011-04-17 Charts:Blues
Week Ending:Apr 10Mar 20Mar 13Mar 6Feb 27Feb 20

Recent Airplay
1.Apr 08, 2011:The Songsmith Show
Riding On
4.Mar 16, 2011:Morning Glory (Waxing Full Moon)
Riding On
2.Mar 18, 2011:The Songsmith Show
My Old Lonesome Home
5.Mar 11, 2011:The Songsmith Show
Riding On
3.Mar 18, 2011:No Cover, No Minimum
My Old Lonesome Home
6.Mar 09, 2011:Morning Glory (with Jay-Dub)
Riding On

Album Review
MC Dizzy Jackson
Reviewed 2011-02-05 
Mississippi Trance-style blues from John-Alex Mason. Guest appearances from R.L. Burnside’s grandsons Cedric and Cody Burnside, as well as Lightnin’ Malcolm. Variety of instruments including djembe, balafon, harmonica, violin and purgatory hill harp (??). Mason employs some rapped lyrics on occasion and sounds quite apt within the blues frame. No FCC’s.

*My Favorites*: 1, 3, 4, 6, 8, 9, 10.

1. *(3:27) Mid / Fast. A foot-stomper with tambourine and swirling harmonica. Pure gut-bucket blues, Mississippi-style.
2. (3:33) Mid. An interesting mix of rapping lyrics inside the blues. Trance blues.
3. *(3:52) Slow. A really nice dirge, with piano and plodding drumbeat.
4. *(4:59) Mid / Fast. Cool electric guitar intro. Rapped lyrics phrase and use of a Balafon - a wooden percussion African instrument much like a marimba. Kicks ass.
5. (5:14) Slow / Mid. An interpretation of the Robert Johnson number, slowed down and heartfelt. Nice hollowed harmonica, plodding drums.
6. *(4:15) Slow / Mid. Easy going countryish number with fiddle.
7. (4:55) Mid. Stretched out vocal delivery. Droning electric guitar.
8. *(4:07) Mid / Fast. Another foot-stomper. Tambourine and driving guitar, kickin’ drumbeats, with a djembe by Fara Tolno.
9. *(4:25) Mid / Fast. Mississippi Fred McDowell tune, performed quite respectfully. Driving version, wailing guitar phrases, great backbeat.
10. *(3:40) Slow. Vocal and guitar number. Very mellow and soothing. Nice song to end a set.

Track Listing
1.My Old Lonesome Home 6.Diamond Rain
2.Gone So Long 7.Singnifyin' Monkey
3.More Than Wind 8.Free
4.Riding On 9.Write Me A Few Of Your Lines
5.Rolled And Tumbled 10.Whisper