The Forty Fours blasted onto the Los Angeles blues scene in 2007 when they were tapped to compete and finished 4th in the International Blues Challenge in Memphis.
The band made up of Johnny Main, vocals, guitar; Eric Von Herzen, harmonica; Mike Hightower, bass; Garry Ferguson, drums and Junior Watson, guitar recently released a killer album Twist the Knife. The sound is old school electric blues, with new sounding twists.
“This is the first time I've really been able to stretch," Main said, “When you get right down to it, this album is about perseverance. I was at a point where I had to decide whether or not to keep going, to keep this band alive. All those guys we look up to, like Muddy, Wolf, Albert Collins, Lightnin' Hopkins… they kept going right up until they died. I want this record to serve as a tribute to them, their inspiration is why I started this band almost 20 years ago, and its what keeps driving us today.”
I especially liked the opening cut “Cutting Deep” penned by Main and setting the stage for what was to come.
On Muddy’s “Champagne and Reefer” the interplay between guitar and harmonica puts a new edge on this blues rockin’ classic.
About the sound and the name “The name came from me reading a vintage gun magazine sitting in the bathroom. They had a special issue on the colt 44. The same time I was reading it a Howling Wolf song came on bluesville sirius radio I have. I thought , The 44's.... and it stuck. The sound of the band is just raw, rough and tough.”
For more, www.ripcatrecords.com