Album Details

RELEASE
1991
LABEL
Rykodisc
GENRES
Pop/Rock, Rock & Roll, Rockabilly, Rockabilly Revival, Roots Rock

Album Review

The first cut on Rockit Fuel Only sets the stage for the next 43 minutes -- a big blast of raunchy guitar, a lean but potent rhythm section, and a cranked-up rockabilly/blues attached to a lyric about ill-tempered parents and fun in the backseat. In short, it's just what you'd expect from an Evan Johns album, and that's not a bad thing at all; Rockit Fuel Only sounds like the musical equivalent of a big, greasy cheeseburger, something that belongs in every decent bar and you wouldn't want it any other way. Of course, Rockit Fuel Only does boast a little more polish than Johns' earlier sides, and occasionally he goes so far as to overdub a piano, mandolin, or autoharp on a few cuts, and he even slows things down a few notches for the sentimental "Prove It to Each Other," the mostly-acoustic "In the Groove," and the hurtin' "You Always Go." But Johns' craggy vocals make this 100-proof roadhouse rock even when he's in a relatively mellow mood, and it's never too long before he kicks things back into overdrive on fourth-gear rockers like "Back in the Backseat," "Sugary Action," and the title cut. Johns and his H-Bombs kick it out in style on this album, and, besides, any 36-year-old who can cover Ronnie Allen's "Juvenile Delinquent" and sound convincing must be doing something right.
Mark Deming, Rovi

Track Listing

  1. Back in the Backseat
  2. Little Scene Setter
  3. Under the Willows in Dixie
  4. Rockit Fuel Only
  5. Meant for You
  6. Prove It to Each Other
  7. Boogie Disease
  8. Who You Are (Where Are You?)
  9. In the Groove
  10. Dig That Boogie
  11. Sugary Action
  12. Burnin' Over What I Done
  13. You Always Go
  14. Juvenile Delinquent