by Tim Wenger
Joe Johnson has put out the front range’s latest take on unyielding country twang with his record New West Sound. Johnson’s vocals and lyrics serve not only as the focal point of the album, but also as the inarguable definition of the band’s sound. Melodic and untamed, pure country style untainted by the modern pop-country overtaking have given the listeners of Johnson and his crew something true and unique.
With upbeat driving riffs maintaining the energy of solid country as well as the stringy, mellow sound needed to properly convey Johnson’s emotion, the record is raw and proper- the way country music should be.