Alternative blues? Classic Rock? Who needs labels, just listen to the music and let it describe itself! The Johnny Hawthorn Band came to life when session guitar player hooked up with Todd Nichols of Toad thw Wet Sprocket and recorded some tracks that would eventually make up the bands debut. In the sense of classic rock bands, the musical styles on the CD run all over the place from funky "Waldens Pond" to overdriving rock with "Shadow Man"
When you think of the 90s pop band Toad the Wet Sprocket, you probably wouldnt associate them with loud electric guitars ladened with fuzz, wah-wah and slide. But when Todd Nichols (former singer & guitar player from Toad) met Johnny Hawthorn to produce Hawthorns debut CD, their two worlds collided. And something happened: catchy hooks combined with fiery guitar playing, resulting in one eccelectic and explosive CD.
The Johnny Hawthorn Band CD released January 28, 2006, features eleven songs with two classic covers of Robert Johnsons Crossroads and Earl Kings Come on, with the former performed all on slide lapsteel guitar. Guests include Frank Zappa alum Arthur Barrow contributing Hammond B3 on a few tracks.
The Johnny Hawthorn Band CD has been called a guitar pickers dream, as it includes electric & acoustic guitar, lapsteel guitar and mandolin. Hawthorn was featured in the July 2005 edition of Guitar Player Magazine in the Spotlight column and has product endorsements by Framus guitars/amps and Dana B. Goods Music Products. He also teaches at the world renowned National Guitar Workshop.
Originally from Philadelphia PA, Hawthorn came to Los Angeles to attend Musicians Institute in Hollywood, CA, and upon graduation became a hired gun guitar player in the LA music scene. He has performed with and/or recorded for many artists including Toad the Wet Sprocket, Debby Holiday, Michael Duff, Shane Alexander, Nicole Gordon, and Grant Langston to name a few.
During a trip to New Orleans last summer, Hawthorn had a musical spiritual awakening. The history of music is so strong there and I felt I couldnt stand by and watch it go by as a sideman anymore. I wanted to be a part of that history! Back in Los Angeles I put the call out to Todd Nichols to assist in the production. Within three weeks the CD was recorded, mixed and mastered. Todd and I produced this CD all in house, without any outside help from record labels or and fancy recording studios.
Blues Bytes magazine said, Hawthorn is a fantastic guitarist in the Clapton/Hendrix veinhas a great way with a lyricsongs will remind you of Tom Petty with their classic rock sound, with occasional echoes of Stevie Ray Vaughan.
The Johnny Hawthorn Band recently performed at the 2006 NAMM Show with guitar legend Dick Dale at the House of Blues in Anaheim, CA January 19th, 2006. The Johnny Hawthorn Band CD is being distributed by Abes records (www.abesrecords.com) & CD Baby.com.
Our live show is a combination of old Van Halen and P Funk with a lots of blues through in for good measure.
In the tradition of great bands our sound is a mix of acoustic and electric blues and rock. Sounds like: Black Crowes, Led Zeppelin, Doyle Bramhall II, Charlie Sexton, Jimi Hendrix, The Allman Brothers, Stevie Ray Vaughan, and Tom Petty,
Standard Fender guitars and amps.