Actor and musical star Johnny Partridge is proving to be a bit of a jack of all trades. After cementing himself as a household name on EastEnders, Partridge has returned to the theatre where he earned his stripes in his earlier years. More recently he’s been on our screens competing on BBC One’s recent gymnastics show Tumble. Now Johnny has released his debut album Dames, Dudes + Cowboys Too.
Dames, Dudes + Cowboys Too sees Johnny mixing original tracks and covers. Being honest we did roll our eyes a little bit at the thought of another soap star trying to crack the music industry but actually Johnny is something a little bit different. The selections he’s picked for the album aren’t your usual mainstream standards instead exploring a variety of genres and showcasing what Johnny’s voice can do.
Of the covers Johnny has tackled Rufus Wainwright’s Me and Liza, Dolly Parton’s Jolene and Civil Wars’ Barton Hollow. Album opener The Next Right Thing, a cover of folk artist Seth Glick’s track, grabs your attention with Johnny’s powerful vocals and will ensure you stick with the album to see what else he has to offer.
The original tracks on the album aren’t quite as strong as the covers with the exception of one. Stop For A Minute is an emotive piano ballad about Johnny’s mother’s battle with Alzheimer’s. Johnny utilises his voice in a more restrained way and the song is one of the standouts on the album.
The album comes to a close with hidden bonus track Big Love which is Johnny’s take on the Fleetwood Mac classic of the same name. His voice booms through the melody and ends the album on a high.
Dames, Dudes + Cowboys Too is a surprising record that succeeds on the strength of Johnny’s voice. He can really sing and he possesses a voice that’s capable of tackling a variety of genres. We can see why he’s enjoyed such a successful career on stage and we look forward to his next musical endeavour.