The Epic 2017 Project #121: 170501
Wilko Johnson – I keep it to myself (2017)
Well what can I say? Apart from the fact that it’s a miracle the man is still with us. Because when I saw him live in 2013, he had just weeks to live having been diagnosed with terminal cancer. And yet, four years later – the 7th time I’d seen him play – here he is, in full remission and still banging out his unique chopping blues with the brilliance we’ve all come to know and love.
Seven times seeing anyone live is going some – but Mr Johnson is something of the exception. Apart from continually pumping out the genre of music that’s closest to my heart, everything he does and whoever he plays with brings an excitement to music that simply appeals.
First time was – of course – with the ubiquitous Dr Feelgood. Twice as it happens. Then with the Solid Senders; once as himself, solo. Once with the Wilko Johnson Band with second original drummer, Steve Monti. And now twice with the Wilko Johnson band as is; Wilko (of course), Norman Watt-Roy on bass and Dylan Howe on drums.
‘I keep it to myself’ is Wliko’s 2017 best of double album and I can capture no better example of what he does best than here with ‘She does it right’. (As does he!)