Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Patrik Jansson Band new album "So Far to Go"... hot and pumping blues-rock from Sweden

So Far to Go is the third album from Patrik Jansson Band and the follow up to the critically acclaimed 2014 release Here We Are. The all new lineup includes Patrik Jansson on guitar & vocals, Gustaf Andersson on Hammond B3, Fender Rhodes and Piano, Martin Forsstedt on Drums and Thomas Andersson on Bass. The band chemistry is more apparent than ever and each musician’s contribution as well as the songs themselves makes So Far To Go their strongest album yet.

Mikael "Mike" Fall (Harmonica world champion 2013) does a guest appearance on the track Too Blind To See as well as Therese Thomsson who sings a duet on Can't Get You (Out Of My Head). A horn section on four of the tracks also contributes to giving the album a sophisticated classic sound.

PJB has further expanded up on their sound and while some songs are even more in the line of traditional Chicago blues, like Can't Get You (Out Of My Head) and the blues ballad Those Days Are Gone, which best can be described as a mix of B.B. King and Walter Trout. There are on the other end of the spectrum contemporary blues-rock songs like the first single Life Without You, a funky, groovy and highly energetic rocker. As well as the funky instrumental That 70's Thing which brings to mind 70´s era Freddie King. The common thread through it all is the apparent focus on great songwriting and creating great melodies, arrangements and musical performances that makes each song stand on its own.

Listening to the album you can spot influences of contemporary blues masters like Joe Bonamassa, Walter Trout, Gary Moore, Robert Cray, Jeff Healey and Matt Schofield, but also the old blues giants like B.B. King, Freddie King and Stevie Ray Vaughan. But most of all it sounds like Patrik Jansson Band 2017.

Marty's review: fans of traditional and contemporary blues will eat this one up and find it very easy to digest. Searing blues guitar from Patrik Jansson backed by his tight and professional band of accomplished musicians with some guests added in the mix. Some highlights are the keyboard solo on Life Without You, guest vocalist Therese Thomsson on Can't Get You (Out Of My Head) and the funky groove of That 70's Thing. Blues fans will find plenty of influences from artists past and present but the PJB make the sounds their own and deliver them with gusto and finesse.

Recorded at Sound Society Studios, Gävle. Mixed and mastered by Patrik Jansson and Martin Karlegård at Sub Mob Studios, Stockholm 2017.