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Thursday, April 3, 2003

Review - Jo Jo Gunne

Artist: Jo Jo Gunne

Posted on Thu, Apr 3, 2003 at 4:00 AM

Jo Jo Gunne
Label: Collectors Choice
Media: CD
Format: Album
WorkNameSort: Jo Jo Gunne

According to founder Jay Ferguson, the two primary musical inspirations for Jo Jo Gunne were Little Feat and Sly & the Family Stone. After leaving Spirit in 1972, Ferguson decided he needed something more immediately satisfying than the overworked concepts his former band had decided to explore. And, I guess, looking to Lowell George and Sly Stone for inspiration ain't such a bad place to start. In reality, Ferguson picked up far more from George's California-fried boogie than he did from the insistent thrust of the Family Stone. As a result, "Jo Jo Gunne" is a heel-rockin' affair that shuffles along midtempo, strongly dependent upon the slide guitar grooves of Matt Andes and a rock-solid rhythm section. Though the group scored a modest hit with "Run Run Run," their legend was secured through a series of live runs through the South and Southwest that enamored them to a certain disaffected contingent of shit-kickin' rockers. Long a modest collectors prize on vinyl, this reissue is valuable if only for proof that there were some Southern California bands in the early '70s that knew how to rock like rednecks.

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