Johnny A (Sawtelle Room)
Johnny A is widely regarded as one of America's finest contemporary guitarists. Gibson thinks so, their Custom Shop designed a Signature Edition guitar per his specific requests. The public thinks so too, his latest works have sold many thousands of copies. Johnny spent a year and a half at Berklee School of Music, but had no real interest in the textbook bebop they were dishing out. His first group, "Squanty Roo" played Fusion and by ’75 he had a much more stripped down basic rock unit called "The Streets", who scored a major radio hit with “What Gives”.
In the ‘80’s he hooked up with legendary J. Geils Band front man Peter Wolf, playing on his albums and co-producing one of them, as well as touring with Wolf around the world. After Wolf, Johnny put out a string of solo instrumental guitar albums which brought him much notice and acclaim with their warm guitar tones and alluring melodies. This led to signing with Steve Vai's Favored Nations label and an ever-widening circle of gigs with the likes of B.B. King, Robert Cray, and Jeff Beck plus an appearance at Eric Clapton's “Crossroads Guitar Festival” in '04.
It’s been a long way from his first $49 guitar to Gibson's Johnny A. Signature Edition, but Johnny is still doing what he loves most, playing guitar and creating music.
Open: Delta Generators - Nominated for "2011 Blues Artist of the Year" Boston Music Awards - Nominated "2010 Best Blues/RnB Band" -Boston Phoenix - "Best Blues Band 2009 in Worcester, MA"-Worcester Magazine 2009 - "International Blues Challenge Finalists" - 2009 - 1st Album" Devil in the Rhythm" Blues Album of the Year 2008/2009" - Independent Music Awards - "Boston's Best Blues Band-2008" - Boston Blues Society