Although an instrumentalist, Johnny thinks like a singer as he plays, composes and improvises on guitar. "I'm always interested in dynamics and tone far more than the amount of notes played," Johnny explains. "What's most important is that every song has a strong, clear melody; not how fast or flashy the solo is going to be. That's a lesson I learned when I fell in love with The Beatles and other bands of the British Invasion, which is still my favorite era in music." His technique allows him to accent certain notes within his chords or during a melody line in the same way a traditional soul singer can push a note to a grittier or higher range for emotional effect.
Johnny's work as a sideman has taken him around the world, including a seven year stint leading legendary J. Geils Band frontman Peter Wolf's group and also co-producing Wolf's 1996 solo album Long Line, which garnered a four-star review in Rolling Stone. Johnny A. is the recipient of The Boston Music Award's Blues Artist of the Year 2010. Last year's sold-out show was one of the highlights of the Rock N Blues series...don't miss what promises to be another dynamic performance.
"Johnny A. has eclectic musical vision and the skills to realize it...A.'s music is both accessible and sophisticated."- Ed Kopp, JAZZIZ magazine
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