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For the better part of three decades, this Massachusetts-based guitarist and bandleader has proven himself capable of generating heat at venues from working-class bars to international amphitheaters, and every sort of venue in between. And when the house lights are turned up, he’s just as adept at captivating serious students of the six-string with a virtuosity that earned him the rare honor of having his name placed on a signature Gibson guitar. While his music is rooted in the blues and rock, Johnny’s instrumental music is very melodically and vocally driven: he paints vivid landscapes, scenes that create an emotional connection without words.
As a sideman and as a solo artist, Johnny has been constantly on stage for over two decades: as leader of locally-acclaimed Boston acts Hearts on Fire, in the J. Geils frontman Peter Wolf’s project (whose band he anchored for more than seven years), and dozens of other projects. Recently Johnny became the newest member of the Yardbirds, the legendary rock band that has seen its fair share of guitar legends.