Uncle John Trio
For Your Pleasure CD
Review by Fred "Virgil" Turgis (Jumpin' From 6 to 6):
This is the debut album of a drummerless trio from Finland, but they are far from being beginners: they are on the road and played for 20 years.
Eight of the songs are covers and the remaining six are from the pen of singer John Peter Lemstrom.
His songs are very good and never suffer from the comparison with the covers which is a good point considering that they come from the pen of Hank Williams, George Jones, Johnny Horton, Dwight Yoakam, Johnny Burnette, Don Gibson.
Musically you could compare them to High Noon, especially in the way the instruments are recorded. I suppose that Janne Haavisto who mixed this album and also produced Texas rockabilly trio is no stranger to that.
But they are more on the Honky Tonk side of things (though there's a bit of rockabilly here and there too). If another comparison could help you to define the sound, I'd say that they sound in places like a stripped down and acoustic version of Dale Watson.
Good songs, good band, good singer... good buy!