Primer: "Call Me John Primer"
and songwriter John Primer is a solid meat and potatoes
bluesman who moved north from Mississippi to Chicago
and gradually moved from apprentice musician in the
clubs to a leader in his own right. This album is a
selection of songs from his Wolf label recordings, a
nice mix of live and studio songs that reflect his strong
respect and admiration for the blues tradition. It's
a nicely varied mix of material from a the stripped
down version of Jimmy Hendrix's “Red House"
to the slow and relaxed Jimmy Reed shuffle “Goin'
to New York." “Shake Your Moneymaker"
shows Primer's admiration for slide guitar master Elmore
James, whom he recorded a full tribute album, Blue Steel,
for in the 1990's."
~ Tim Niland / jazzandblues.blogspot.com
the songs may suggest influences like Susan Tedeschi,
Raitt, or the relatively milder Joss Stone, Fish does
not imitate anyone. Runaway is an album that anyone older
will definitely appreciate and note the many influences,
the superb talent, and the soulful ability to sing –
and fling – the blues. Notable tracks include the
opener, “Down In The Swamp,” followed by the
rockabilly-inflected title track, and “Today’s
My Day,” which sounds like an unreleased track from
an early Bonnie Raitt album. For a nice slow turnaround,
“Feelin’ Alright” is a smoky jazz club
number calling to mind Cassandra Wilson or even Nina Simone
and beautifully ends the CD sequencing."
~ Michael Cala / www.bluesrevue.com