It has been two years since local garage blues band Johnny No released their debut “The Riviera Sessions, Vol. 1.” Time has brought about many changes to the group, including the addition of Caleb MacCartee on keyboard and Tarleton “T” McNab on bass. While the line-up may have changed, their unorthodox take on blues has not. They will showcase their latest batch of “Port City Ne’er-Do-Well Blues” with their upcoming sophomore effort “Modern Hymns for the Gentleman Loafer.” The industry-wide release for this album may be set for Feb. 25, but their local fans will have an opportunity to experience this album a month early at the album release party.
For their debut, the band travelled to Como, Miss., to record live in studio with Grammy winner Jimbo Mathus in his vintage Delta Recording Services studio. Johnny No kept things local for “Modern Hymns for the Gentleman Loafer.” For the entirety of 2013, the band laid down numerous tracks in their personal studio (Riviera Recording Studios). They also recruited Mobile’s PORTAL Studio to create the album’s memorable artwork. The end-result is a raucous collection of tracks that infuse blues-rock attitude with tent revival charisma.
Johnny No Album Release Party
Date: Fri., Jan. 24 at 9 p.m.
Venue: The Blues Tavern, 2818 Government Blvd., www.bluestavern.com