Friday, February 8, 2019


GUITARLANDIA by John Findlay
(Grooveyard Records)

'Guitarlandia' the latest offering from Canadian guitarist/singer, John Findlay is a audacious and passionate mix of Blues, rock, soul, and touches of jazz flavoring with John Findlay's smooth distinct style. Showcasing his depth as a writer as well as a musician and performer. Providing a solid rhythm section are bassist Matthew Gerrard and drummer Derek Cashway. Opening track "Angel In My Eye" is a driving riff-based funked up bluesy number they will get the adrenaline pumping. Other up-tempo highlights include "New Moon", "Mr. Invincible", "Book Of Stone" and "New Battle". There are two covers offered up in the form of the Jimi Hendrix classic, "Freedom" and Cream classic, "Sunshine Of Your Love", both done every well and given that John Findlay magic touch.  But its the two closing instrumental tracks, "Guitar Land Part 1" and Guitar Land Pt. 2" that you hear and feel how good of six string guru John Findlay is, all I can say is,  WOW! This recording is clearly a labour of love for John Findlay, as even the smallest detail has been treated with great care, taste and imagination. The production quality of the album is great but takes nothing away from Findlay's edge, his vocals are smooth, the guitar playing fluid and immaculate, and as a result the quality of his songwriting shines through. All in all, 'Guitarlandia" is a album full of great guitar-oriented songs that cross over from Blues, jazz and rock. Highly recommended and most definitely required listening! - Tony @ The Dedicated Rocker Society

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