Discussion in 'The Sound Hound Lounge' started by Lef T, Feb 19, 2018.
This is an excellent interview !
I saw Johnny open for Robben Ford in Arlington MA awhile back - 10 years ago plus or minus. Tonewise and playing wise, he owned the room that night.
Sunday morning here in Ontario.
Doesn't get any better.
A hot cuppa Joe and some Johnny, Eh !
Before you burn your rig, Johnny A has been a pro all his life and he's 65. He was Peter Wolf's guitarist after he left J Geils band for 7 years. He didn't just wake up one morning and decide to do the instrumental thing.
Actually, if you listen to that Wildwood interview, it's almost exactly what happened.
Yes, it is. Altho he was a pro for a very long time, so he was starting "ahead of the game" a bit. But it does give us older folks hope! LOL
Great player, and, seems like a nice guy. He has always been respectful, in spite of the undeserved, TGP bashing.
I got mine new for $2800 in 2005! Been my #1 ever since.
My point is that JA was a pro, had all the ear and hand/ear coordination from non stop playing as a pro for 30 years when he decided to get that Beatle book (I too read his bio) and learn to read and arrange chord melody. The taste and touch comes from his years as a pro, not because he learned to arrange some instrumental numbers.
I don't understand how anyone could bash Johnny.
I've just discovered him and he gets my utmost respect.
Great player,writer,arranger who has been in the trenches,carving out a career for himself.
Tough not to have respect for a guy like that.
A friend was PW's bassist - now I have to ask him if he played with Johnny.
Probably knows him anyway as a Boston based musician (before moving to Nashville).
I never seen him bashed, but his performance/demo of the Epi version of his guitar was "questioned" ...it was done after freshly recovering from a broken wrist, give the guy a break! (no pun intended lol)
He quickly became a favorite of mine, added to my my list of Jim Campilongo's and Duke Levine's.
His facebook page has been just him for years, and last year I posted something publicly about something that was broken on my car asking for help. So of course I get the usual high school and college friends giving me their opinions, and out of the blue Johnny responded to me with an actual diagram of the broken part I couldn't identify.
I was like , ohh.... well that's not something that happens every day.
As a Bostonian I've known about him for years. The local rock stations spin his tunes and give him a shout out from time to time.
Great player, tone is to die for, generally seems like a very cool dude.
Having just discovered Johnny A,I'm scouring through his Youtube vids and see some videos by some guy named Duke Levine .
I love discovering players that I've never known existed.
Love his playing and that wonderful sig model. I own most if his music.
Johnny, if you are reading this thread, can you get them to build a blonde flametop sig with ebony board and dogear P-90s?
That would be a dream guitar.
Someone mentioned Pandora earlier in the thread. That's where I've heard him played, on the Danny Gatton channel. That might tell you something about his abilities, at least. He does a version of The Wind Cried Mary that's something else.
There are more than a couple of Duke threads in here already. He's one of the best
I love that he’s carved out a career in a notoriously difficult genre ( instrumental music). Also his sig guitar is a modern classic.
I'm the original poster of this thread checking in.
It's been over a month now since I've discovered your music @Johnny A.
Thank you for all the great music and the inspiration.
I hope at some point you make it up to the Ontario,Canada area.
I'll be the guy in the front row cheering you on.
In the meantime I need to order your CDs as I realize an artist doesn't just live on the air he breathes.
Today I'm making up some barbecued ribs and listening to your tunes.
This one is playing as I type and it kicks ass for sure.
All the best to you.
don’t be so sure