HI - FI Drive By Jeremiah Johnson
Label: Ruf Records
Subgenre: Electric Blues
Artist: Jeremiah Johnson
Album including Album cover Booklet (PDF)
- 168 Coupe Deville03:23
- 2Ball And Chain03:45
- 3Young And Blind04:09
- 4Skippin' School00:00
- 5Hot Diggity Dog04:00
- 6The Squeeze05:27
- 7Hot Blooded Love04:42
- 8Sweet Misery02:55
- 10The Band05:47
Info for HI - FI Drive By
Every great artist has a moment when they realize who they are, Jeremiah Johnson has truly come into his own with his new release HI-FI DRIVE BY. Get ready for a high-fidelity sonic explosion that combines Johnson’s master guitar work, songwriting skills and uniquely powerful vocals into ten tracks of pure brilliance. From the first track, featuring Victor Wainwright, to the third track featuring Brandon Santini, and all the way to the last note of the epic final track; HI-FI DRIVE BY delivers more hooks than fishermen’s tackle box. Every song is carefully crafted with multiple layers of tasty musicianship; with new audio delights to discover every time you give this first-class release a spin.
HI-FI DRIVE BY, taps into the talents of Johnson’s mentors and the extremely talented musicians in his hometown of St. Louis MO USA. Johnson wanted to go back to the blues and rock n roll basics, reaching out to a St. Louis Legend, Tom Maloney (Co-Producer), for inspiration. In addition, Johnson tapped into the wide range of musical talents of Paul Niehaus IV (Producer). With Paul’s throw back production style and years of experience working with a wide variety of performing artists, it proved to be a perfect combination. Johnson, Tom, and Paul began assembling some of the best horn players, backing vocalists and percussionist in St. Louis, to create the wonderful thick layers of musicianship tastefully captured on HI-FI DRIVE BY. This is the first release Johnson has worked with co-writers (Maloney and Niehaus IV); and the results are nothing short of spectacular. HI-FI DRIVE BY is the “Coming of Age” release of Johnson’s career.
HI-FI DRIVE BY is a phenomenal music experience, Johnson’s masterpiece and firmly establishes him at the top of his game. Forget what you might have thought you knew of Jeremiah Johnson and his music; he has clearly arrived and exceeded all expectations with HI-FI DRIVE BY.
HI-FI DRIVE BY is a career defining release, world-class from start to finish, and sure to be among the elite releases of the year.
Jeremiah Johnson, lead vocals, lead guitar
Paul Niehaus IV, bass, Wurlitzer, piano, guitar
Joe Meyer, drums
Tom Maloney, guitar, piano
Tony Antonelli, percussion, backing vocals
Kasimu Taylor, trumpet
Frank Bauer, tenor saxophone
Kevin O’ Conner, baritone saxophone
John Covelli, trombone
Dave Dickey, trombone
Kevin Buckley, strings
Victor Wainwright, piano (track 1)
Brandon Santini, harmonica (track 3)
Allie Vogler, backing vocals
Emily Wallas, backing vocals
Mattie Schell, backing vocals
Born and raised in St. Louis, Jeremiah Johnson is the voice of Mississippi River blues blending with the struggles of everyday life. He began learning guitar at age 6, drawing inspiration from his rich St. Louis blues heritage and legendary guitarists, like Alvin Lee, Eric Clapton and Hank Williams Sr. and Jr. With these influences, Johnson began building his musical foundation.
After relocating to Houston, TX, in 1999, Johnson finished in first place for three consecutive years at the Houston Regional Blues Challenges, sponsored by the Houston Blues Society. Johnson returned to St. Louis in 2009, and merged Texas style with STL blues to create the unique sound you hear today. The 10 years Johnson lived and performed in Texas changed his musical style in ways you can still hear in his music today.
In 2011, Johnson was the proud winner of the St. Louis Blues Society IBC Challenge and went on to the semifinals to represent St. Louis in Memphis, TN. One year later, Sirius XM's B.B. King’s Bluesville picked up the Jeremiah Johnson Band, where they can be heard nationwide, and they have been playing his music ever since. You can also hear Jeremiah Johnson on Touch Tunes Jukeboxes in bars/clubs across the US and on radio stations around the world.
In September 2014, Johnson filmed his docu-concert, Ride the Blues, directed by Australian Producer/Director Gary Glenn, at the historic Capitol Theater in downtown Burlington, IA. The film is live music video about Johnson’s rise to prominence, featuring intimate interview segments, still photography, guitar solos and stunning vocals. Donations from concert attendees were generously given to the theater and to the National Blues Museum, connecting Johnson’s roles of musician and music advocate.
2014 Johnson records Grind, produced by Devon Allman, features Grammy award winner Yonrico Scott on drums. Grind has been featured on SiriusXM's B.B. King’s Bluesville, and on the international radio show “Confessing the Blues”, broadcasting on 50 stations in 10 countries worldwide. Grind reached the #8 slot on the Billboard Blues Charts the week of November 7th, 2015.
Johnson follows the success of Grind with a self produced release, Blues Heart Attack, released worldwide on July 22, 2016. This unique record is a blend of Johnson’s entire musical career. “It’s a combination of our earlier works, and then Grind,” he explained. “There’s horns and keyboard reminiscent of Brand Spankn’ Blues, but also some heavy guitar driven tracks. It’s the evolution of everything in a Blues Heart Attack.” Special guest performers include Tom ‘Papa’ Ray on harmonica, and Nathan Hershey on keys. Blues Heart Attack reached #5 on the Billboard Blues Charts following its release in 2016.
March of 2018, Mike Zito will be producing Jeremiah Johnson's new CD release. The band is headed to Texas to MARZ Studio with more than two handfuls of killer new original rockin blues tunes and Mike Zito producing! Mike is currently nominated for Two BMA Awards! Mike has produced albums for Samantha Fish, Laurence Jones, Albert Castiglia and others. He tours extensively in the USA, Canada and Europe. He has been honored with multiple Blues Music Awards over the past 10 years.
Johnson performs with Benet Schaeffer (drums), Frank Bauer (sax & backing vocals), and Tom Maloney (bass), bringing the Jeremiah Johnson Band to its highest level to date. It's safe to say this is going to be a huge year for the band. 2018 is going to rock!