Clean Up The Blood mixes the soul, dynamics, and grit of traditional American roots and blues music with a nod at modern society and stories of modern living. The album was recorded live at Atkinson’s own Bigtone Studios using vintage gear and all-analog equipment from the 1940's and 1950's, creating an original sound born of 1950's gospel, blues, rock'n'roll and more.
The Atomic Road Kings is the project of two musical powerhouses; veteran Orange County harmonica man Eric “Jailhouse” Von Herzen, long-time side man for Walter Trout, Social Distortion, Kid Ramos, Junior Watson, and the 44's, among others; and the brilliant young multi-instrumentalist Big Jon Atkinson, also the back-up guitarist for Kim Wilson’s solo project.
Atkinson’s raw vocals and moody guitar and Von Herzen’s rich harmonica tones create the perfect vehicle for Atkinson’s word-wise lyrics. There is no roots band today that more masterfully builds on the tradition of classic American music, deeply authentic enough to thrill any purist, while musically sophisticated enough to please the most contemporary audiences.
Marty's review: The Atomic Road Kings serve up a big beefy slice of traditional electric roots blues on this latest release. Recorded "live" to tape on analogue equipment it comes back at you in glorious mono and sounds just sensational! With a stellar line-up lead by Jon Atkinson on lead guitar and vocals and Eric Von Herzen on wailing harmonica, this is powerhouse raw blues at its best and will leave you gasping for more. A real treat for blues and roots fans.