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14 February 2015

Beware the Ton-Ton Macoute!

Born in Still Creek, Georgia & raised in the Macon area, Johnny Jenkins was a hard-driving, left-handed guitarist with a bellowing voice. By the time Ton-Ton Macoute! was released, Jenkins had already been instrumental in bringing Otis Redding from obscurity to stardom, playing with the young Otis in the blues group, The Pinetoppers. Jenkins was also on the radar of fellow left-handed guitarist Jimi Hendrix as a model for onstage histrionics.

Jenkins' raw, firebrand vocals & guitar-picking gave his solo debut a wallop that might've made him a star if only slide guitarist Duane Allman & several other members of his backing band hadn't left to form the Allman Brothers. Jenkins was a star in the making but he had no real desire to be in the spotlight. He preferred to remain a regional fixture & work the local circuit in lieu of chasing international acclaim.
Jenkins passed away in 2006, a popular & well-loved legend in his Macon hometown. Ton-Ton Macoute! is the jewel in his crown.

On Ton-Ton Macoute! the musicians are: Johnny Jenkins – vocals, guitar, & harmonica; Duane Allman & Pete Carr – lead & slide guitar; Paul Hornsby – lead guitar, slide guitar, piano, & organ; Berry Oakley- bass; Robert Powell – bass & timbales; Eddie Hinton, Johnny Wyker, & Tippy Armstrong – congas & assorted percussion; Jai Johnny Johanson – timbales; & Butch Trucks & Johnny Sandlin – drums. Backing vocals on “I Walk on Guilded Splinters” – Southern Comfort & vocal accompaniment on “Blind Bats & Swamp Rats” – Ella Brown.

Johnny Jenkins ‎– Ton-Ton Macoute!, ATCO Records ‎SD 33-331, 1970.
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Side One –
I Walk on Guilded Splinters
Leaving Trunk
Blind Bats & Swamp Rats
Rollin’ Stone

Side Two –
Sick & Tired
Down Along the Cove
Bad News
The Voodoo in You



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  2. What a great jacket title and tracklist. I'm completely unaware of this particular JJ. The Floor Kiss on Gilded Splinters; a box of lights for Dr. John.

  3. I just read Dr. John's autobiography (which is great stuff), so this is very timely.