Dan Johnston is the articulate backbone to this long term project of his own music creation. Johnston City, a city which features a wealth of vocalists and musicians, accentuating the ear worms that evolve from what is usually a brief moment alone with his guitar.
As the elder brother of Magpie and a powerful force in the early evolution of the Dashville legacy, Dan learnt to play guitar after finding an old nylon in the roof of the house as a young impressionable 13 year old. That was around about the same time Nirvana exploded into the world. How fortunate his fate.
When accompanied by his star-studded band, including a group of beautiful backing singers, the songs take flight to another musical realm.
Johnston City has been slowly but surely building a cult following around the pub and festival circuit with their anthemic, sweetly swaying yet classically muscular brand of rock’n’roll that owes as much to the subtleties of vocal doo-wop groups of the ’60s as it does to the sledgehammer barn-burners of Springsteen and Seger. The measure of an original band is how they can hook a new crowd with that familiar warm and fuzzy feeling, even though they are hearing the tunes for the first time.
Johnston City (also previously known as Baghead) have released a number of singles over the years, most you can view via their Facebook page.