Some two decades and eight albums into their career Five Horse Johnson have dug out a niche of their own, a genuine love and respect for traditional Blues and Classic Rock leading them to likewise become one of the most loved and respected bands in the Heavy Rock underground. ‘Jake Leg Boogie’ sees FHJ going back to its recording roots. Original drummer Tim Gahagan has rejoined, and the results are powerful. Brad Coffin’s guitar has never sounded heavier, his voice never stronger. Eric Oblander’s harp is as sharp as a tailfin, and his gravelly vocal delivery a growling, howlin’ counterpoint to Coffin’s gruff style. Steve Smith’s bass is a strong backbone, while Phil Dürr’s guitar adds extra edge. The album is pure old school FHJ, recorded live, everyone in the same room, with as little overdubbing as possible. Accordingly, it feels lively and loud; Five Horse Johnson is not a band that makes apologies, so compromise is not an option. The truth is, this is hard, heavy, dirty Blues Rock ’n’ Roll for people who like the sound of an engine roaring or the feeling obtained by following a cold beer with a shot of good whiskey. FHJ will gladly kick your ass, and then wait for you to say thank you and ask for another. Which you will.