Monday, March 10, 2014

CD Review: Social Distortion's Jonny Two Bags Visits "Salvation Town" On Solo Album

From Southern California comes the debut album from Jonny Two Bags entitled "Salvation Town." Many people may know Jonny Two Bags as Jonny Wickersham, the lead guitarist for the punk-rock band Social Distortion for the past fourteen years. His new album consists of tens songs that he has written that didn't quite fit into Social Distortion's music genre and he figured it was about time these songs see the light of day.

The album carries an outlaw country vibe, beginning with the guitar shuffle of "One Foot In The Gutter." Wickersham invites some guest along on this album, including Latin Grammy Award winner Gaby Moreno on "Avenues," which is one of the only songs on this release that could have been on a future Social Distortion album. Legendary singer/songwriter Jackson Browne shares the vocals with Wickersham on the seventies, California-rock sound of "Then You Sand Alone." Social Distortion drummer David Hidalgo Jr., his brother Vincent and his father Los Lobos multi-instrumentalist David Hidalgo Sr. help out on the rebellious, slow-jaunt of "Wayward Cain." Wickersham's songwriting comes alive on the acoustic, Country/Americana story of "Ghosts," before wrapping up the album with a return to the classic, mellow, California rock of "The Way It Goes."

The new album, "Salvation Town" will be released on April 1st through Isotone Records via the Thirty Tigers label. Jonny Two Bags will be hitting the road shortly after the release of the album. For a complete list of tour dates and to find out more about his new album, please visit jonnytwobags.com.

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