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Review: 'BOHANNON, J.R.'

-  Label: 'Phantom Limb'
-  Genre: 'Folk' -  Release Date: '26th April 2019'

Our Rating:
This Brooklyn-based fingerstyle guitar player’s debut is a study of guitar in the American folk tradition with additional influences from Iberian and Latin music.

J.R. Bohannon, John to his friends, is a native of Louisville, Kentucky. His guitar style has been shaped by rock and post-hardcore scenes of the late 80’s / early 90’s alongside Appalachian folk cultures. He is also part of ongoing ambient project called Ancient Ocean.

The five compositions for 6 and 12-string guitar were initially self-released but, thanks to the Brighton-based label Phantom Limb in the UK, he now has the possibility of reaching a wider audience.

Fado, modinha guitar music as well as Tuareg music and the Hungarian artist Gabor Szabo are among his list of influences. Time spent living in Brazil was also a major inspiration.

Recôncavo is named after a lush, coastal, sugar-growing region in eastern Brazil and the EP opens with Under The Friar’s Ledge which is described a spiritual tour guide through that landscape. Bohannon says . “It’s hard to imagine there isn’t a piece of music I write that doesn’t owe something to this period of my life”.

Frankly you’d need a sixth sense to glean this from the recordings and a track such as Whitfield County puts me more in mind of Ry Cooder’s Paris Texas.

Whatever the sources, the end result is multifaceted, impressive and exotic.
Hear Recôncavo on Bandcamp
  author: Martin Raybould

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BOHANNON, J.R. - Recôncavo