Be On Time – Brother Jon Band (reviewed by Dave Franklin)

268x0wIf last time out the Brother Jon Band showed their slick and sassy bar room blues licks via the wonderful Bobby’s Blues, this time they take those same influences and wrap them in a more cosmic folk vibe. The result is a song with one sonic footprint in timeless blues jam territory and the other just visible through the spliffed out haze and scent of patchouli oil of the Summer of Love, and particularly of bands like Crosby, Stills and Nash and The Grateful Dead who picked up the remains of the hippy dream, merged folk, blues, rock and jazz and headed off towards a more credible horizon.

What is so great about Be On Time is how wonderfully loose it feels whilst being anything but sloppy. And that is the art of such music. Get things too together and it sounds like an uptight recital, too loose and you sound amateur and unprepared. But get the sweet spot and you sound both professional and chilled, competent to the point of relaxed. It goes without saying that here the Brother Jon Band hit the sweet spot dead centre.


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