“Moving between folk, bluegrass, blues and soul, Johnson’s voice is versatile and emotive, and its rough, unrestrained rumble benefits from an exceptionally clear recording that will keep you coming back to the album, exploring the depth of his voice and its intimidating yet endearing quality.”
“Paul Johnson's voice is surprisingly powerful, bringing to mind singers like Tom Waits, Kenny Rogers or Taj Mahal. Frontman and songwriter for the band Johnson's Crossroad, his songs are simple but clear, oozing with dark mountain feelings and catchy lyrics.”
“There are moments during this new album from Carolina’s Johnson’s Crossroad that you have to remind yourself that you’re actually listening to an acoustic band. That’s because on a number of great moments here, Johnson’s Crossroad rock so damn hard, often with a Stones-like swagger, that you almost don’t notice they’re not plugged in.”
“These guys have exploded in popularity since their last album, and listening to Mockingbird, it's easy to see that that popularity is not only well-deserved, but not a fluke.”
“Johnson's Crossroad isn't specifically a bluegrass band. Their songs have as much strength in bluegrass as the aesthetics of Americana, Country music and small flourishes of The Grateful Dead.”
“Johnson’s voice barely rises above a growl, but he stretches that sound to encompass the experience of a train-hopping hobo and the wisdom of an old man recalling loves lost and wars fought from the porch of a backwoods cabin.”
“Paul Johnson doesn’t sound so much like he’s been round the block a few times, he sounds like he helped design and build the block.”
“If this album was a few decades old, I'd swear these guys came up with Willie Nelson, Kris Kristofferson and Waylon Jennings. Can one be both Americana and Outlaw at the same time? Maybe so.”
“The band has an easy feel about them. There’s no push, no stress. Band members breeze through the strains of old country and bluegrass, punctuated by Johnson’s distinctively gruff voice.”
“Johnson, who writes most of the band's songs…looks like a mountain and sings like a man, or, if you prefer, vice versa. Johnson's got one of those voices that's like a revelation. Simultaneously gruff, scratchy and sensitive, it contains echoes of Tom Waits or maybe a more countrified Howlin' Wolf”
“Johnson's Crossroad is Americana with more than a passing nod to bluegrass, but this band is not nearly as concerned with genre as it is with musicianship.”
"Fittingly, the bearded and burly guitarist sang the band's keening ballads about whiskey and love and lonely itinerants in his distinctively deep and gruff voice. The group's authentic brand of Americana glided on the gossamer wings of Keith Minguez's agile mandolin."
"This is the sound of today's Appalachian music."