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listen  1. Sweet As The GrainS. Tatone 5:19$0.99  Buy MP3 
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listen  3. PadawadamieD. Quinlan 2:30$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  4. Ain't Gonna Drink No MoreD. Gouthro 2:13$0.99  Buy MP3 
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listen  6. New Years [Explicit]R. Sabatin 3:45$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  7. Truth Be Told (Inez)R. Sabatin 3:52$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  8. No More Rock N' RollS. Tatone 2:19$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  9. EldoradoR. Sabatin 4:35$0.99  Buy MP3 
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  • Audio CD (April 29, 2008)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Linus Entertainment
  • ASIN: B0014GKAR2
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #425,255 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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The John Henry of popular folklore, and immortalized in dozens of traditional folk songs, was a giant of a man who labored laying railway tracks and digging tunnels. He challenged the first steam powered drilling machine to a race to determine what was stronger, man or machine. His superhuman effort won him the race, after which he immediately died of exhaustion. We picked the The John Henrys for our name because the story is such an inspiration, says vocalist/ guitarist Rey Sabatin Jr, whose First Nations and Acadian heritage, along with his day job as a luthier, are reflected in the band's Cajun influenced yet precise musical arrangements. Rey, along with Steve Tatone (keyboards) Doug Gouthro (Guitar) Daryl Quinlan (Bass), and Geoff Ward (Drums) have been creating music and working together since 2003, writing, arranging and rehearsing so many songs that they have trouble deciding what to play in a live set. Their self-titled debut album, went all the way to #1 on the influential college radio roots charts.


Their music emerges from rich traditions, but the John Henrys landscape is their own. They straddle the divide between sweet country and 60's R&B, and they do it in their own distinct way. --CBC Radio 3

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Lee Armstrong HALL OF FAMETOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on July 5, 2009
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The John Henrys from Canada sound as country as if they grew up in the hills of Tennessee. The title track boasts their harmonies layered on a driving beat, "Because it pours like the sunshine and shines like the rain, where everyone goes; And it's as cold as a shoulder every time she turns to go, where everyone goes, Everyone knows." "Lost in the Canyon" is a disconcerting uptempo ballad, "Find a spot on the bank where the water runs wild, I'm going on up to the cabin down on the river, Got to get this lonely heart delivered." "Ain't Gonna Drink No More" is sweet & short with guitar & mandolin exchanging lightning leads on the break. Rey Sabain takes the lead on a flat-out rocker "Thought Yourself Lucky," "I guess burning's never been your thing cause you can burn & crash & freeze; But when the liquor starts to flow pretty mama, that's when you shake your knees." The set doesn't slow down until the seventh track "Truth Be Told" which marries a distinctive melody & Sabain's excellent lyric, "Truth be told, I was a puppet on her string; Truth be said, I'd be better left for dead & she'd be better off without me; The lies I've sowed almost everyday in these hours, we're gonna let 'em slip away." The set concludes with crowd pleaser "Golden Train." One thing I like about the set is that although Rey Sabain appears to be the most accomplished songwriter, three of the other four band members also get their songs and vocals laid down. "Sweet As the Grain" is an excellent CD that fans of The Band & an authentic country/rock sound will love. Enjoy!
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By B. Bozeman on September 28, 2008
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These guys are great. If you like alt country you'll love these guys. The album is well rounded and has some great tracks, my favorite is New Years.
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