"It's great that big blues is back and this band should step to the front.
Pinetop will be proud, give JJ his due"
| -Duncan Holt, WMHB, Waterville, ME
"Enjoyable combo of New Orleans R&B, West Coast swing and slow blues. Johnnie is wonderful.
| - Bob Wilson, KDUR, Durango, CO
"It's a great CD & I've been playing it for weeks."
| - Sully Roddy, "All Kinds Of Country," KYCY, San Francisco, CA
"Excellent album! One of the best new releases here."
| - Duncan Holt, WMHB, Waterville, ME
"On The Main Stem" CD
This 3rd RJ album redefines their diverse American roots R&B from a solid blues core,
collaborating with Johnnie Johnson
on seven cuts, who writes three of them, including the sublime
moodiness of "Johnnie's Idea" and the classic stroll of "Slow Drag". It also features a cameo by
east coast R&B diva, Rahni Raines, and the full New Orleans-style horn section that the band
features at their Mardi Gras Mambofest
performances: Rob Sudduth (tenor sax - Huey Lewis, Amos
Garrett), Ed Early (trombone - Albert King), and Michael Peloquin (bari sax). With six other
originals mostly by lead vocalist/bassist Tim Eschliman (Commander Cody, Etta James), an
Irma Thomas classic, a New Orleans brass band romp and a Pinetop Smith
a full pallette of top shelf rhythm & blues is delivered on this recording - topped off by
Jimmy Sanchez's crazed full-bore second line deviation, "Mighty Fine Day."
Rhythmtown-Jive - "this American roots combo is comprised of talented San Francisco Bay Area
musicians who know how to raise the energy level on the dance floor....some jump blues, a boogie
woogie, and a hefty dose of New Orleans style music, with refreshing, not rehashed,
arrangements"..."a group to be reckoned with, polished sidemen all around..." having also back such
greats as Bo Diddley, Earl King, Lee Allen, and Big Joe Turner.
Johnnie Johnson, best known as Chuck
Berry's piano player for four decades, has finally been credited with much of that music and is
known as "the baddest left-hand in the land...the father of Rock & Roll piano." The RJs and
Johnnie, having worked many west coast blues festivals and nightclubs together, stretch out here and
deliver an album that captures the down-home elegance of the spawning place of Rock & Roll.
For more about Johnnie Johnson, check out his site at http://www.johnnie.com
or the movie
Hail! Rock 'n'
Songs on the album (check our Audio page for MP3 samples)
- Kidd Jordan's Second Line 4:06
- Take It Easy, Baby 5:20
- Blues Hotel 4:02
- Headin' Home 5:28
- Mighty Fine Day 5:00
- That Was Then, This Is Now 4:17
- Jet Stream 3:48
- Johnnie's Idea 5:42
- Twilight Blue 4:58
- Somebody Told You 3:52
- Slow Drag 5:36
- Boogie Woogie 3:29
Total Running Time: 56 minutes
You can order RJ albums right now
at our Order Music Now Page.
have added some Radio DJ comments as well as a
known airplay list for "On The Main Stem.
There is a list of Upcoming Live Dates on our RJ Live Page.
of "On The Main Stem" as well
as the first two albums, "Analog
Travelog" and "Retrogroove
Artifact", are available.
There are short
Quicktime movies of the "RJs" and JOHNNIE
JOHNSON on our VideoClips Page
Audio Samples of RJ songs are available
We have a list of records stores known to carry