Friday, July 29, 2011
MUSICAL GUESTS: Justin Johnson
Justin Johnson is an award-winning gypsy jazz and blues guitarist (We're currently dubbing his innovated genre mix of gypsy jazz, blues, and bluegrass "Gypsy Bluejazz"!). He has enjoyed a decade of professional experience as both a performing and studio musician, and has offered over 2500 professional performances to date. He has also released 9 albums thus far: 5 as principal collaborator, and 4 as solo artist. His versatile style instantly draws comparisons to other great guitarists like Django Reinhardt, Chet Atkins, Sonny Landreth, & Jimi Hendrix.
An artist unwilling to be restricted by the traditional "rules and norms" of any one genre, Justin's unique sound is the direct result of his passion for widely varying musical styles, combined with extraordinary technical proficiency that allows him to combine and cross genres seamlessly. With his unorthodox approach, he blends techniques, tones, rhythms, & harmonies from multiple styles, finding the soulful common ground that they share~ The result is a sound unlike any other, sincere and soulful explorations, waxing between playful romps across the strings and hauntingly pensive dreamscapes that are a mix of blues, psychedelia, & something otherworldly.