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To someone whose name is Johnny Kap, and who was born in Canada, when people in the South say your name it comes out sounding a heck of a lot like Jaw Kneecap. Many of Kap’s South Carolina neighbors are fierce defenders of their 2nd Amendment right to bear arms, but Johnny is only armed with a trusty used Aria Pro ll, CS-400 Cardinal Series guitar, a guitar he bought from an old friend over 20 years ago who’s still, to this very day, one of his best friends. In fact, that guitar was used on 90% of Prime, Jaw Kneecap’s debut album. So, guess you could say Kap is into long-term relationships and remaining loyal to his friends.
The folks around Simpsonville, SC, way say that Johnny Kap can play that guitar just like ringing a bell. He shreds with the best of ‘em and his face melting solos are second to none. Now that, along with his remaining loyal to long-term friends and being a great songwriter, is probably why he attracted the attention of a few other guys who possessed an equally amazing amount of talent and got them to play on Prime.
We’re not talking about the usual suspects and hired guns (aka studio musicians) here. No siree! We’re talking prime musical meat: Grade A, USDA inspected, organically grown and raised masters of sonically succulent superlative sound. Guys that those fancy folks up north would probably call “virtuosos”. So, where do we begin?
Guess as good a place as any would be to start with Chris Buck. He not only holds down the job of being one-half of the rhythm section of Jaw Kneecap with his progressive bass guitar playing, but he also wails away like nobody’s business as the vocalist on Prime. He’s worked in the past with such masters of complex chord progressions as Allan Holdsworth. Now if y’all don’t know who Holdsworth is, then dropping any other names to impress the likes of you would be like casting pearls before swine. No offense intended, mind you. Chris is endorsed by Carvin guitars.
The other half of the locomotive rhythm section that powers Jaw Kneecap is drummer and percussionist Mike Leasure. Mike’s toured with The Walter Trout Band, Edgar Winter, and Albert Collins. He also has endorsement deals with Ludwig Drums, Istanbul Agop Cymbals, and SilverFox Drumsticks.
The album was recorded and mixed by Shawn Bossick of Diamond Studios and mastered by Grammy award winning mastering engineer Adam Ayan of Gateway Mastering. So, there you have it: Jaw Kneecap. From beginning to end and one and all these are the ones who make up the Prime ensemble. Put them all together and the result is a hard rock sound that rattles the bones while pleasing the ears. It’s big, meaty and muscular. It’s visceral yet vibrant. It’s Prime!
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