Johnny Heartsman was one of the last great West Coast bluesmen. He sang in the low-key California style, played a mean Hammond organ, and laid out electric guitar lines that heavily influenced others. Not content to rest on his laurels, Heartsman could also handle woodwinds. Heartsman's blues was chock full of greasy jazz and sophisticated soul. A frequent sideman and live performer, he only had the opportunity to record a handful of albums under his own name.