If you’re into funk bass, you probably know the work of Doug Johns. However, you might not know Doug Johns as well as you think. That may change after a listen to his brand new album Vodka in the Woodpile.
The bassist’s fifth solo album is described as his most autobiographical to date with a fresh approach added to his signature greasy grooves. “Woodpile reveals an unexpected new sound for the Cleveland bassist as he shares a sense of his life’s influences beyond the funk-bass standard,” a statement on his website reads.
That’s evident in the opening track, “Old Woman Creek,” which includes the bass player laying down some banjo. Other notable tracks include a cover of Edgar Winter’s “Free Ride,” the funk-ridden “Tricerafunk”, and the horn-heavy blues-rock anthem “Ode to the River”.
Johns recruited a host of killer musicians for the occasion including drummer Jordan Simms, horn players Kenny Anderson and Joe Miller, guitarist Oz Noy, and a guest appearance by drum icon Dennis Chambers. It goes without saying that the album grooves hard.
Vodka In The Woodpile Track List:
- Old Woman Creek
- Free Ride
- Happy Family
- Make the Music Feel Good
- NEMO 1934
- Fairwood Blvd.
- Vodka in the Woodpile
- Ode to the River