Following on from Volume 1 in this new series ‘Koko Mojo Diner – Soul Food Volume 2’, there is much of the same goodness to be discovered for those looking for something a little different when it comes to compilation albums. With its focus on food, and particularly “soul food” originating from the diets of African Americans, the second instalment of this album series focuses on vegetarianism. As with Volume 1, there is a history lesson to be had with the liner notes detailing African Americans being dependent on “plant-based diets” due to meat being a luxury for impoverished individuals and families of America’s Deep South with slavery still in existence. Focusing on the contents of the music, then Volume 2 opens with a blast of jump blues via Wynonie Harris and ‘Git With The Grits’. There is a charming ramshackle sound to Bill Parker and his Band and song ‘Sweet Potato’ with lyrics rotating around the subject of its title, and later Garry & Larry providing ‘Garlic Bread’, which really could be about waiting for that lovely loaf of goodness baking away in the oven or quite simply about any topic given it’s an instrumental. The Ink Spots sing about everyone’s sweet favourite with the irresistible doo-wop of ‘Do-Nuts’, not to mention other tempting treats by way of some beautiful vocals from Marvin & Johnny during ‘Cherry Pie’. Heading towards the finale of this compilation, not one but two compelling blues numbers are aired via Sonny Terry & Brownie McGhee with ‘Custard Pie Blues’ and ‘Cornbread and Peas’, before switching to jazz/blues of Julia Lee & Her Boy Friends and healthy eating ‘The Spinach Song (I Didn’t Like It The First Time)’ which, musically, is instantly likeable compared to its subject matter. Another fine selection of tracks that are full of variety and will see many a return visit to this diner that is ‘Koko Mojo Diner – Soul Food Volume 2’.