"LOADED delivers the full, rich, pulsing sound of Chicago blues. Its confident, hard hitting mix of harmonica, vocals and guitar reafirms the power of the blues and its many voices. With haunting vocal lines like"People die for the color of their skin". Ross reminds of the roots of his music. His powerful harmonica style evokes the sound of LITTLE WALTER and carries us into an exciting new frontier for the blues."
Tim Schuller--Living Blues Magazine Sept 2003 writes...
"There are so many Harmonica/Guitar CDs that it takes a spark of individuality to make one stand out. Example: this 13-cut set from JT Ross. Born in Chicago, where he took tips from Junior Wells, he lives in Los Angeles . The fare is direct , no frills blues, with Ross taking a traditionalist tack on the harp while still sounding up-to-date. No horns here, and the piano sounds like it's in the building next door. Several songs have contemporary themes: soul-ish What Is Going On? and Too Much Crime In The City, the latter at a remarkably languid pace given its noir and urban vision of paranoia. Steve F'dor's piano... counterpoints John Marx's jazzy guitar. Marx used to work with the late L.A. harp strongman William Clarke, and those who liked Clarkes work will be reminded by this music. The band is confident in varying beats--particularly on [JT Ross original] Doggin' It , where Ross is all OVER a Chromatic [harmonica]. I Need Some Money is a shuffle...with a positively roaring solo from Ross. It Ain't Right locomotes mightily...Jimmy Reed's Ain't That Lovin' Ya Baby? is given upbeat treatment... JT Ross' [original composition] Top Hat proves to be a showcase for an interesting [chromatic] Harmonica excursion...Ross' Harmonica work reveals harmonic exploration and unique phrasing."
Regina Klein-- Southland Blues magazine writes...
"This first solo effort is special as it brings together a top flight group of Blues musicians comprised of former members of the William Clarke band...JT Ross is prepared to be the keeper of the flame"
" It is JT ROSS who wails on the Harmonica."
Big City Blues magazine
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1. I've Got To Know
2. What Is Goin' On
3. If I Get Lucky
4. Ain't That Lovin' Ya Baby?
5. Doggin' It
6. Too Much Crime In The City
7. I Need Some Money
8. I Need To Go Home
9. Pawnshop Bound
10. Young Fashioned Ways
11. It Ain't Right
12. Can't Get No Rest
13. Top Hat