Johnny A. is a remarkably well-rounded guitar player with a supreme sense of song and refined tonal touch. After working with ex-J.Geils Band frontman Peter Wolf, Johnny hit solo paydirt with his 1999’s Sometime Tuesday Morning featuring the swinging standout, “Oh Yeah.”
Johnny’s ability to weave interesting melodies throughout a chord structure set him apart, and he’s been a major player on the instrumental guitar scene ever since.
The man with the lovely signature Gibson is back on the road supporting Driven—a CD he labored over in his home studio for 18 months straight.
“It has more of an edge and a heavier backbeat than previously,” Johnny tells GP. “There are no shuffles or swing tunes on this one. I would describe Driven as British blues meets the British Invasion, but not in a retro way.”
Johnny also reveals that his new band includes a second guitarist, and explains his approach to going direct onstage. Read Michael Ross’ full interview with Johnny A. here. Johnny always delivers a superior sonic experience, and he will surely shine at the Bay Area’s most renowned jazz room, Yoshi’s, where the Japanese cuisine is as fine as the artists who grace its world famous stage.
Watch a compilation video from Johnny’s recent performance at the Cotton Club in Japan:
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GP Presents Johnny A.
Wednesday, April 1
510 Embarcadero West
Jack London Square
Oakland, CA 94607