Memphis music history is littered with curious, compelling stories, among them that of Robert Johnson. No, not that Robert Johnson. A white guitar hotshot who cut his teeth in local bands and recording sessions in the early ’70s, the other Robert Johnson ended up playing for Isaac Hayes and the Who’s John Entwistle and auditioning for the Rolling Stones in 1975 (a guitarist spot vacated by Mick Taylor that ultimately went to Ron Wood) before making his own mark as a solo artist…
Close Personal Friend put Johnson on the road with fellow new-wave/poprock acts like the Police and the Knack in the late ’70s, but label and management issues shortened the album’s initial shelf life despite good press.
Memphis Flyer (December 2008)
It’s cheerily intense…For the most part highly enjoyable…
www.dmme.net (November 2008)
The brand of rock/pop on display here is timeless and this could quite easily be mistaken for a modern work
Classic Rock Society (December 2008)
…a tenacious, bright and utterly engaging blend of power-pop and early rock ‘n’ roll…
Steve Caseman, RocknReel (December 2008)
…devotees of inventive power pop should find this a more than worthwhile investment.
Kevin Bryan, Stirling Advertiser (July 2009)