A heads-up to all blues fans: Chin Up is a winner. This is the 12th album in 22 years from prolific East Coast blues guitarist and songwriter John Campbelljohn. He has received multiple industry awards, critical acclaim and a European fanbase for the fluency of his slide guitar playing, a skill that has seen him featured on recordings and live shows by Joni Mitchell, Emmylou Harris, Leonard Cohen, Willie Nelson, and more. He's also a talented songsmith, and all 12 compositions here are originals. He takes a freewheeling stylistic approach, mixing rock, blues, reggae, Celtic and country elements in his tunes.
Campbelljohn plays in Chicago on March 26. An Ontario and Quebec tour is planned for August.