A slow, meditative burn, washed with regret and the distant echos of Nick Cave in a candle lit room channeling Johnny Cash at Stax Volt. Ameripolitan rockabilly outfit Mighty Joe Castro & the Gravamen offer their soulful re-interpretation of Johnny Thunders’ lament, “Disappointed In You”.
The track was ecorded live in studio, without overdubs, on June 24th for Johnny’s 2021 Birthday Bash concert stream. It is available as a digital single on spotify, apple music and all other streaming platforms.
The live video premiered this past Friday on American Blues Scene.
From Mighty Joe Castro:
“Going down a Heartbreakers rabbit hole years ago, at a time in my life when a few former band mates and childhood friends had recently passed before their time, I came across a live version of this tune, with just Johnny and a sax player, and it blew me away. As a song, it didn’t feel fully finished but it held it’s ground with a rough honesty. I got the feeling that Johnny was singing just as much about himself as to some other person. I think any working musician or artist with a little mileage under their belt, has lost someone close to them who had so much talent, so much potential, so much heart… but in the end, they let it slip away either to drugs or depression. Sadly, I could relate.
So I was honored to be asked to participate in the 2021 Johnny Thunders Birthday Bash, as part of the live stream, and knew I wanted to do this song. We took it seriously and I wanted to do it right. It was recorded completely live (no overdubs) at Miner St. in Philadelphia by Brian McTear. It was filmed by Bob Sweeney, who used 4 stationary cameras plus his handheld. For three hours of work, I think it came out pretty good.. Thank you Steve Krebs, Barry Apfel and Simone Zimmerman for including us.
These days, when I think of Johnny Thunders, I think of attitude. Swagger. Style. The guy had it in spades. But if you strip away all the drug mythology and notoriety that gets tangled up with his legacy, what you’re left with is genuine 100% New York City rock-n-roll. Not to mention the songs, which continue to stand the test of time.”
Video shot and directed by Bob Sweeney.
Recorded and mixed at Miner St. Recordings, Philadelphia.
Produced by Brian McTear.
Engineered by Amy Morrissey
Mastered by Ryan Schwabe
MIGHTY JOE CASTRO: vocals, guitar. DALLAS: drums. MICHAEL STINGLE: Lead guitar. H00v3r: Bass
Written by John Anthony Genzale, JR. (BMI Platinum Songs)