They Call Him Johnny Coolman

Toots and the Maytals

Light Your Light (Concord Music, 2007)

On Light Your Light, Toots and the Maytals return to their roots, singing classics as well as new pieces. The overall feel of this superb album is very bluesy, with excellent electric and acoustic guitar work, combining roots reggae, blues, R&B, ska, Gospel and rock.

The opening track is a scorcher titled "Johnny Coolman," which first recorded in the 1970s. This blues piece demonstrates that Toots Hibbert could have a separate career as a top of the line bluesman.

Bonnie Raitt is one of the most eclectic rock musicians in recent years. she ahs recorded with Malian musicians and blues artists. She joins Toots and the Maytals adding her vocals and wicked slide guitar.


Hopton Hibbert, Toots’s son, plays bass in one of the pieces of the album showing that the Hibberts have developed a strong musical tradition.

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Author: Angel Romero

Angel Romero y Ruiz has been writing about world music and progressive music for many years. He founded the websites and Angel produced several specials for Metropolis (TVE) and co-produced “Musica NA”, a music show for TelevisiĆ³n EspaƱola (TVE) in Spain that featured an eclectic mix of world music, fusion, electronica, new age and contemporary classical music. Angel also produced and remastered world music and electronic music albums, compilations and boxed sets for Alula Records, Ellipsis Arts, Music of the World, Lektronic Soundscapes, and Mindchild Records. Angel is currently based in Durham, North Carolina.