Johnny Iguana - Johnny Iguana's Chicago Spectacular!
  • 44 Blues (John Primer on voc)
  • Hammer and Tickle
  • Down In The Bottom (John Primer on voc)
  • You're An Old Lady (Billy Boy Arnold on voc)
  • Land of Precisely Three Dances
  • Lady Day and John Coltrane (Phillip-Michael Scales on voc)
  • Big Easy Women
  • Burning Fire (Lil' Ed on voc)
  • Shake Your Moneymaker (Lil' Ed on voc)
  • Motorhome
  • Stop Breakin' Down (Matthew Skoller on voc)
  • Hot Dog Mama (Billy Boy Arnold on voc)
  • 44 Blues (John Primer on voc)
    Genre: Blues
    MP3 (03:32) [8.07 MB]
  • Hammer and Tickle
    Genre: Blues
    MP3 (02:57) [6.74 MB]
  • Down In The Bottom (John Primer on voc)
    Genre: Blues
    MP3 (02:36) [5.94 MB]
  • You're An Old Lady (Billy Boy Arnold on voc)
    Genre: Blues
    MP3 (03:36) [8.22 MB]
  • Land of Precisely Three Dances
    Genre: Blues
    MP3 (02:48) [6.41 MB]
  • Lady Day and John Coltrane (Phillip-Michael Scales on voc)
    Genre: Soul
    MP3 (03:59) [9.11 MB]
  • Big Easy Women
    Genre: Blues
    MP3 (02:06) [4.8 MB]
  • Burning Fire (Lil' Ed on voc)
    Genre: Blues
    MP3 (04:31) [10.34 MB]
  • Shake Your Moneymaker (Lil' Ed on voc)
    Genre: Blues
    MP3 (02:38) [6.04 MB]
  • Motorhome
    Genre: Blues
    MP3 (02:51) [6.51 MB]
  • Stop Breakin' Down (Matthew Skoller on voc)
    Genre: Blues
    MP3 (03:36) [8.26 MB]
  • Hot Dog Mama (Billy Boy Arnold on voc)
    Genre: Blues
    MP3 (03:19) [7.58 MB]
Biography


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This is no imitation.
This is no pure homage.



Half a century of blues piano giants are honored here, but JOHNNY IGUANA has made an album that lets his eccentricities fly. And so you’ll encounter ripples of punk, soul, jazz, classical... because Johnny has drunk from these waters, too; but this is a blues album...it’s...

JOHNNY IGUANA’S CHICAGO SPECTACULAR!

Growing up up in Philadelphia, JOHNNY IGUANA really zeroed in on Junior Wells and Otis Spann after becoming obsessed with Chicago blues at age 15. In his later teens, armed with a fake ID and a sport coat, he played countless all-night blues gigs at Philly bars — largely songs plucked off Junior’s records. A few years later, Johnny met Junior at a NY show and was thrilled when Junior hired him after live auditions in Boston and Rhode Island. Johnny packed his bags and spent three years touring and recording with Junior. Decades later, Johnny still calls Chicago home and has emerged as one of the premier blues piano players in the United States!

Since his days with Junior, he has toured or recorded with a who’s who of Chicago blues greats: Otis Rush, Buddy Guy, Billy Boy Arnold, James Cotton, Lil’ Ed, Carey Bell, Eddy Clearwater, John Primer, Lurrie Bell, Billy Branch and more. He has learned from the best, a lifelong immersion and dedication.



This is Johnny’s first blues album as a leader, and it’s not your typical blues album. That’s because, as you’ll hear, Johnny is not your typical blues piano player. At a time when bold originality is less welcomed in blues than it is in other music, Johnny stands out as an artist who has reached the apex of his craft but who has not allowed a strict definition of blues to limit his expression. A feat of this album and of Johnny’s artistry is how his original compositions flow naturally and organically out of the classic Chicago blues piano repertoire. His chordal creativity is as much on display as his blues- language fluency. It all makes sense and fully delights, as vintage blues and boogie morph into something new, intoxicating, witty, wild—yet still anchored in the blues.

This is a blues album from top to bottom. It is traditional. It is contemporary and audacious. It is the story of Johnny Iguana, a one-of-a-kind piano man exalting his Chicago blues heroes while making his own mark. In the bigger picture, it’s compelling evidence that blues today is vital, and still evolving.


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  • Members:
    Billy Boy Arnold, Bill Dickens, Billy Flynn, Bob Margolin, John Primer, Kenny Smith, Lil' Ed, Matthew Skoller, Michael Caskey, Phillip-Michael Scales
  • Sounds Like:
    Joshua Altheimer, Johnny Jones, Big Maceo, Howlin Wolf, Memphis Slim, Sunnyland Slim, Otis Spann, Johnny "Big Moose" Walker, John Primer, Lil' Ed, Billy Boy Arnold, Muddy Waters, Sonny Boy Williamson
  • Influences:
    Joshua Altheimer, Johnny Jones, Big Maceo, Junior Wells, Memphis Slim, Sunnyland Slim, Otis Spann, Johnny "Big Moose" Walker, Mose Allison
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    11/13/20
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