Evan Johns: Moontan
Evan Johns and the Hillbilly Soul Surfers: "Moontan"
Big Cypress CD 1019
Release date: November 23, 2001
Evan Johns: vocals, guitar, mandolin
Grant Harvey: bass
Sherman LeRoi: guitar, pedal steel, guitarorgan
This is a surprisingly fresh and modern approach to several authentic
The clear and solid wall of sound contains a
mix of elements from fifties and sixties music like rock & roll,
rockabilly, country & western, hillbilly, soul, blues, punk
Although the album is based on music from the past, the sound is
Highlights for me are the three instrumentals.
Surf Don't Crawl and Acid Wave are great Link Wray/Ventures-like
guitar and organ dominated pieces of A-Go-Go-music, while Shootin'
The Merle is a perfect reminiscing of the Merle Travis sound.
Among my favourite vocal tracks are the full stereo sounding hillbilly
tracks Love Thang and All Your Cheatin'.
Rantin' N' Ravin' is
a raw punkrocker.
All 12 tracks are written by - the relatively unknown - Evan Johns,
who is best known as leader of Evan Johns & The H-Bombs.
Evan appeared on more than 70 records from various artists and groups