Johnny has toured every state in the continental
US, as well as Canada, absorbing the Blues first hand playing up and
down the Mississippi delta. Johnny formed the blues band 'De Delta
Dawgs', with members of 'Canned Heat' and 'John Lee Hookers' band
and went on to play 'Bluestock' a major Beale Street festival in Memphis,
the Memphis Blues Festival, and many clubs along world-famous 'Beale
Credits include an appointment as the keyboardist and musical director
with the national act 'The Bobby Freeman Show'. You can catch Johnny
Blue tickling, manhandling, and shredding the ivories with The Boxcar
Blues Band, The Hot Pursuit Band, Girl In The Middle, Midnite Blue
& Chickenwire, as well as the international Reggae Band 'Rascalin
& The Roots Rockers', with whom he has toured extensively, most
notably headlining the 'Annual Bob Marley Festival Tour' series.
His preference and love for playing acoustic piano and the Hammond
B3 with Leslie serves his love for the Blues well. He played his
first licks when he first heard the magical stylings of early boogie-woogie
greats coming from a player piano his parents purchased when he
was four years old. He was fascinated, enthralled and hooked and
he never looked back.
Though trained in theory, he mostly learns and plays by ear. His
love for music encompasses many genres, but formatively he cut his
teeth on blues based rock. His stint in Memphis and the Mississippi
Delta was a purposeful journey to absorb all that makes up the history
of Delta Blues.
An accomplished vocalist in his own right, with The Blues Counts
he adds tasty harmony vocals that ice the cake.
Prefering to play standing, he moves and connects with his audience,
loving every second he is graced to be on stage.
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