Freedy Johnston returns after a prolonged hiatus with all new material on his long-player, Rain on the City.
Johnston’s unique cross of a James Taylor to Jack Johnson type of vocal delivery sucks the listener quickly into the sweet folk strains of "Lonely Penny." Johnston doesn’t keep the easygoing style for long as he rocks out to the FM radio bombast of "Don’t Fall in Love with a Lonely Girl." It is one of the disc’s many highlights, and a career-cresting masterwork for Johnston. His ability to paint images with words and music doesn’t get any better than on the title track. A tight backing unit that includes Pete Abott, Rich Malloy on drums, Richard McLaurin on guitars, David Santos on bass and David Briggs on Wurlitzer helps to flesh out Johnston’s wide ranging compositions.
Produced, engineered and mixed by McLaurin, and recorded at the House of David in Nashville, Rain on the City helps to cement the legend of alt pop and folk master Freedy Johnston. Here’s to hoping we don’t have to wait another eight years for his next original offering.
Rain on the City is out now on Bar None Records.