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“A musician who resists easy categorization and that’s always cool by us.” – London Free Press
Lots of folks throw around the phrase “let the music do the talking,” but only a few have the fortitude to really do it – to just go out there and play, shunning flash, shrugging off image and reeling in the listener on the strength of the songs alone. Although an instrumentalist, Johnny thinks like a singer as he plays, composes and improvises. “I’m always interested in dynamics and tone far more than the amount of notes played,” Johnny explains. That attention to detail lewd to a Gibson Johnny A. Signature Model guitar that has become one of the company’s most successful and popular models.
His debut album Sometime Tuesday Morning (1999) did something an instrumental guitar record never does- it became a major hit at radio. Aggressive touring and several critically acclaimed releases gained the admiration of the world’s top guitarists from Jeff Beck to BB King and led to a myriad of major appearances including Eric Clapton’s Crossroads, the Montreal Jazz Festival and Tokyo’s Fuji Rock Festival.
For the better part of three decades, the Massachusetts-based guitarist and bandleader has proven himself capable of generating heat at venues from working-class bars to international amphitheaters – and every sort of venue in between.