Mojo (Publisher) - 7/02, p.108
"...Bauer's concocted the perfect combination of hill country boogie and big city rock..."
20 Miles includes: Judah Bauer (vocals, guitar, harmonica, bass); John Graboff (pedal steel guitar); Greg Guarino (piano, background vocals); Steve Jordan (bass, drums, percussion, background vocals); Phil Cohen, Paul Duggan, Jeff Del Bello, Rob Connelly, Jilli Mosia (bass); Josh Churchill, Jason Marucci, Donovan Bauer, Cody Dickinson (drums); Tim Conklin, Greg Anderson (background vocals).
Engineers include: Jason Marucci, Minoru Yokoo, Tim Conklin.
Personnel: Judah Bauer (vocals, guitar, harp); Greg Anderson, Chris, Hollis Queens, Tim Conklin (vocals); Greg Guarino (piano); Josh Churchill (drums, percussion); Cody Dickinson, Donovan Bauer, Jason Marcucci (drums); Josh (percussion).
Audio Mixer: Tim Conklin.
As one-third of the blues-punk group the Jon Spencer Blues Explosion, Judah Bauer's clear, punchy guitar work serves as essential counterpoint to the songs' hard, funky backbeats. As leader of the ad hoc side group Twenty Miles (which features his brother Donovan on drums), his dexterity with a variety of vintage guitar sounds is only one focus of the music; he plays bass and harp -- and sings pretty damn well, too -- on Keep It Coming, his third and best disc. Bauer widely samples the R&B, blues, rockabilly, and funk that are at the root of the Jon Spencer Blues Explosion sound. But the guitarist treats his influences a bit more gingerly on his own than with Spencer, while still injecting a punk spirit. Guests include the North Mississippi All-Stars, Cody and Luther Dickinson, and former Boss Hog member (and neighbor) Hollis Queens. ~ John Duffy