John Cee Stannard and Blues Horizon – To The River

Album Review | Self Release | Review by Liam Wilkinson | Stars: 3/5

For his latest release, John Cee Stannard continues to walk the path he began laying on such previous outings as Stone Cold Sober, Bus Depot Blues and The Doob Doo Album.  The songs are so deeply entrenched in Americana, particularly ragtime, early jazz and country blues that it may come as a shock when John’s palpably English vocals kick in.  It’s an interesting juxtaposition that seems to improve with each song, from the jaunty Separation 2 to the laid-back History, the fleet-footed take on “House Of The Rising Sun” to the swinging “Nothin’ Is What You Get”.  John is joined on To The River by a fine array of like-minded musicians including the renowned Simon Mayor on fiddle, virtuoso pianist Matt Empson and the multi-talented Julia Titus who heightens the authenticity with her fine supporting vocals.