Volume 6 arrives: The acclaimed Live Bootleg Series from Friday Music — featuring quintessential live cuts selected by Johnny himself — continues with the release of Volume 6. The latest offering finds the guitar hero putting his unmistakable stamp on some of his favorite tunes: Ray Charles’ “Blackjack” (still a staple of Johnny’s current live repertoire); Freddie King’s “Sen-Sa-Shun”; and an epic, nearly 15-minute reading of B.B. King’s “It’s My Own Fault.” For a complete track listing, and to learn more about the previous installments in this series, click here.
On the Web: Follow this link for an interview with Johnny’s guitarist and bandleader, Paul Nelson. And fans of Johnny will most certainly enjoy this interview by Tim Mattox.
On the road: Johnny will tune it up tonight for a sold-out audience at the Tupelo Music Hall in Londonderry, New Hampshire. He’ll then be off the road until next weekend, when he plays Higher Ground in South Burlington, Vermont (Friday, Feb. 12) and Mill Street Brews in Southbridge, Massachusetts (Saturday, Feb. 13). Other gigs this month include the Seneca Niagara Casino & Hotel in Niagara Falls, New York (Feb. 19) and the Palace Theatre in Stamford, Connecticut (Feb. 20). (Johnny will be appearing in Stamford with the Debbie Davies Band.) These shows will be Johnny’s last U.S. performances until April; he’ll spend the entire month of March on a 17-date swing through Europe. For a complete list of Johnny’s confirmed tour dates, click here.
More classic Johnny: Johnny’s acclaimed Live Bootleg Series rolls on with Volumes 4 and 5, the latest installments in the artist-approved series from Friday Music.
Volume 4 finds Johnny tackling classics like “Okie Dokie Stomp” and delivering an acoustic reading of “Rollin’ and Tumblin’.” Volume 5 continues the celebration of Johnny’s fretboard mastery and features “Rock and Roll Hoochie Koo.”
Johnny on tour: Click here to see the latest concert schedule.
Johnny in residency: Johnny will make B.B. King’s Blues Club & Grill in Times Square his home away from home in the month of January. He’ll play the Times Square venue on three consecutive Monday nights as 2010 kicks off: January 4, January 11, and January 18. All tickets are $30 in advance and $35 the day of the show. (Popa Chubby will open the Jan. 4 show.)
On the road: Johnny has two dates left in 2009: He’ll play the Tupelo Music Hall in Salisbury, Mass. on Friday, Dec. 18. And he’ll appear at the Narrows Center for the Arts in Fall River (with Joe Moss opening) the next night, Saturday, Dec. 19. January dates include The Stone Pony in Asbury Park, N.J. (Friday, Jan. 8); Toad’s Place in New Haven, Conn. (Saturday, Jan. 9); Showcase Live in Foxboro, Mass. (Thursday, Jan. 14); Mechanics Hall in Worcester, Mass. (Friday, Jan. 15); and Merrill Auditorium at City Hall in Portland, Maine (Saturday, Jan. 16). For a complete list of all of Johnny’s current tour dates, click here.
Johnny on JamBase.com: If you missed the site’s fantastic interview with Johnny from November, you can check it out right here.
Johnny headlines first night: A great festival is happening in Ohio on Friday and Saturday, June 19-20. The best part? It’s free. Read all about it right here.
On the road: Johnny is winding down his European swing with dates in Denmark, Finland, Sweden and Norway. His next U.S. show will be a sold-out performance on Wednesday, June 17, at The Ark in Ann Arbor, Michigan, followed by a gig at Durty Nellie’s in Palatine, Illinois, on Thursday, June 18. Other upcoming shows include the Lexington Music Theatre Company in Lexington, Michigan (Saturday, 6/20); The ArtsCenter in Carrboro, North Carolina (Friday, 6/26); and the Neighborhood Theatre in Charlotte, North Carolina (Saturday, 6/27). Johnny will also appear at Virginia Beach Sandstock in Virginia Beach, Virginia (Sunday, 6/28); the Waterfront Blues Festival in Portland, Oregon (Friday, July 3); and the SaskTel Saskatchewan Jazz Festival in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan (Sunday, July 5).
For a complete list of Johnny’s current tour dates, click here.