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Johnny Hatton's New CD Gosple Bop

Gospel Bop Reviews

Gospel Bop Revuew by Mark Toich

Tribute and cover albums have a general tendency to suck, and to suck hard. More musicians should live by the rule that if a song is good enough to cover, it should be left alone; if I ruled the world, Limp Bizkit would have been publicly hanged for butchering “Behind Blue Eyes”, Britney Spears’ take on the Joan Jett classic “I Love Rock ‘N’ Roll” would have never made it out of the gate, and don’t even get me started on Megadeth’s “Anarchy In The U.K.”

And so, it was with great trepidation that I finally pressed PLAY to cue up the first track on Johnny Hatton’s new CD, Gospel Bop; a take on the should-never-be-touched classic “I Saw The Light” by God’s gift to not only country music, but music in general, Mr. Hank Williams. After a few worried seconds of the opening, EQ’d to sound like tinny, AM-sounding radio, Hatton and his band proceeded to kick out the jams in a way that would’ve done ol’ Hank proud. With the sacred cow out of the way, I was able to sit back and enjoy the rest of the disc.

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Gospel Bop Revuew by Testify-Billy

I was wonderin’ when this was finally hitting the streets! I guess they were waitin’ for the right talent to come along and shoot the artwork! Fantastic photography, Andi. I love the panoramic gatefold shot. I believe I recognize a few characters within!

Love the sound, love the harmonies! In addition to the tight harmonies, there’s a couple of tracks featuring David Jackson on contrabass, giving it a tasty Jordanaires sound. There’s a couple of times where it might be a litte buried I the mix, but I love that it’s there at all.

The album is heavy on Billy Bop. It’s not just a rockabilly effort. It has everything from Hank Williams to Rockabilly to the Allman-esque opening of “Come to Jesus” (though Bernie seems to be channeling drumming legend, Steve Gadd, on that one) to the biting wit of the “bonus track”- “What’s It Like in Hell.” Shoot, Spazz gives you the names of the artists who’ve inspired hi on each of the tracks in the liner notes, noting influences of Hank, Marty Stuart, Grandpa Jones and Allison Krauss.

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