No doubt viewed by some as an unnecessary exercise when it comes to producing (more or less) carbon copies of the songs of Johnny Cash, but not so for the men in black known as Johnny Horsepower. What makes this trio of musicians standout is their location of Denmark that is far removed from the original man in black’s upbringing, yet mirror that early rockabilly sound they most certainly do and with a few of their own compositions thrown in for good measure. In fact, it’s one of Johnny Horsepower’s own songs that captures the attention from the off with ‘The Story Of The Man In Black’ that doubles up as a tribute to Johnny Cash as well as paying its respects to the early foundations of the rockabilly genre by namechecking Elvis, Carl Perkins et al. ‘Hey Porter’ is a sweet reminder of the basic charms of the aforementioned early roots of rockabilly and remains lodged in the memory bank for days after it has finished spinning. The rest of ‘The Band In Black’ speaks for itself with authentic and inch perfect deliveries during ‘Let The Train Blow The Whistle’, ‘Wanted Man’ and the dark and wry tones of ‘I Didn’t Shiver’ that was one step ahead of Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds fame. If there is a downside to this album, and unfortunately there is, it can be heard from the small cluster of songs beginning with ‘Folsom Prison Blues’ where the band enrolled the talents of W.S. Holland on drums and made the decision to record these songs live. Nothing wrong with that decision of course but, unfortunately, the live setup sits awkwardly with the rest of the LP and would have served far better as an EP in its own right. Small gripes, but definitely warranted when the album ends up sounding like two separate entities. That said, ‘The Band In Black’ is a must for all fans of Johnny Cash and those who simply enjoy the early primitive sounds of rockabilly.