Award-winning blues band Johnny Fink and The Intrusion debut album is simply titled JFI. The group was known for years as the best-kept secret in the midwestern scene among blues and blues-rock enthusiasts. That is, until they won the 2015 Cincy Blues Society Band Challenge and made the semifinals at the 2016 International Blues Challenge (IBC) in Memphis. Then, Johnny himself won the 2016 Cincy Blues Challenge in the Solo category and the band won the 2016 Dayton Ohio Blues Challenge, subsequently reaching the finals at the 2017 IBC. The band recently won the 2018 Cincy Blues Challenge.
The first single from the album, “Let’s Hear Some Blues,” was included on the compilation disc featuring artists from the 33rd IBC, receiving rave reviews and tremendous airplay. JFI also won the 2017 Cincy Blues Society award for Best Self-Produced CD and was a Top 10 Finalist for Best Self-Produced CD at the 2018 IBC.
The Smoky Mountain Blues Society says of the band, “Johnny Fink and the Intrusion will shuffle you right into the road.” And the Cincinnati Blues Society says of the album, “From fist-pumping anthems to soul-touching blues, this album is a work of art.”
The “secret” is definitely out.