Jon Strahl Band Review
The Jon Strahl Band played Saturday night at the Slippery Noodle Inn in downtown Indianapolis. The Slippery Noodle is the consummate blues bar hosting a wide variety of blues bands from around the country. Watching this four piece take the stage, one thing was apparent. This was not your run-of-the-mill band that just played blues. This is a group that simply gets it. Led by the band’s name sake, Jon Strahl , he proves that he has done his homework. while Jon’s style is certainly his own, it is evident that he has been influenced by many blues guitarists that came before him. Shades of Howlin’ Wolf, B.B. King, Buddy Guy, Son House, Mississippi John Hurt and others is evident in Jon’s skill. But make no mistake, Jon’s playing is unique and his own as his voice, which fits perfectly with his style. The band played such covers as “Dust My Broom”, “Crosscut Saw” and finished the first set with Robert Johnson’s “Stones In My Passway”. He also played songs from his new CD, Cant Look Back. It is evident that Jon is very capable of playing any kind of blues, but really shines with his slide work. Such as songs from the CD “Bottom Of The Well” and “Right Here Waiting”. From deep Delta Blues to Blues Rock, Jon and his band are a real treat to experience.
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