JJ-Pro(from Pueblo country-blues artist Joe Johnson’s song “Roll Back Muddy Water,” available for download below, follows this lineage. Johnson laments that he doesn’t need the worry of muddy water rolling in, begging for it to recede, because he already has enough to worry about. Drought, flood, fire — Colorado has its share of natural worries.

The track is found on Johnson’s LP “New West Sound,” which will be released Sept. 14 with a show at the Ivywild School in Colorado Springs. The album is on Blank Tape Records, a Pueblo record label that, while only five years old, releases the best of Colorado Americana, including The Haunted Windchimes and Grant Sabin. Fans of blues, country and bluegrass will fall in love with Johnson’s solid songwriting and rich, outlaw-country vocals. Do give the album a full listen. “Roll Back Muddy Water” is a little ditty compared to the other tracks. Inaiah Lujan of The Haunted Windchimes gets a production credit, and the production and arrangements of these songs are world-class. It’s truly a gorgeous, moving release perfect for days like today.

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