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vintage guitar magazine Johnny plays Jeff

April 12, 2024
May 2024 Vintage Guitar magazine
Johnny A.
Johnny plays Jeff

Thank you Vintage Guitar magazine and Bob Dragich for the support in highlighting my new Beck-Ola project!. JA

fantasy camp
February 26, 2024
Rock the Big Apple
Rock 'N' Roll Fantasy Camp

Join Johnny A. and others in NYC July 18 - 21, 2024.

Other performers include: Lou Gramm, Rick Nielson, Daxx Nielson, Simon Kirke, Bumblefoot, Kasim Sultan, and more.

Fender Custom Shop Johnny A Signature Stratocaster
January 22, 2024
Listen to Johnny A.’s Jeff Beck Tribute: “Morning Dew”
Premier Guitar's article on Johnny covering Jeff Beck's classic from the Truth album.
The instrumental guitar virtuoso pays tribute to the departed master with a new video, exclusive at PG, and his new Beck-Ola project, which hits the road in April.

Click here to read the article and see the video!

Fender Custom Shop Johnny A Signature Stratocaster
September 3, 2023
“Coming soon - Spring 2024:
Beck- Ola, “Celebrating the music of Jeff Beck”

Fender Custom Shop Johnny A Signature Stratocaster
October 19, 2022
“This Is the Quintessential L-Series Stratocaster”:
Johnny A. Reveals the Secrets Behind His Unique Signature Model to Guitar Player magazine.

A Master Built Strat for a masterful player, here’s how a connoisseur of tone puts a signature guitar together with Fender’s esteemed Custom Shop - read the Guitar Player article. Click here!

Fender Custom Shop Johnny A Signature Stratocaster
September 15, 2022
Johnny A. Custom Shop Stratocaster:
I am extremely honored and excited to announce the release of my Fender Custom Shop “Johnny A. Signature” Stratocaster. Two years in the making, these guitars highlight the best features from a combination of my original mid-sixties Stratocasters.

A sincere thank you to Mike Lewis and all the fine folks who believed in me enough to bestow this honor on me. I am truly grateful. Find out all the specs at the Fender Custon Shop. Click here!

July 22, 2022
Sad to make the announcement that this Sunday's From A. To Beatles featuring JOHNNY A. Special Guest Sal Baglio of the Stompers! - live @ Kowloon show has to be postponed.
Due to reports of temperatures over 100° and unsafe air quality, we feel proceeding with the show could be dangerous. If you bought tickets you, should have already received notification of this postponment.
We will post an update next week as to the future status of the show.
Once again Rockin' 4 Vets and JOHNNY A. regret this decision, but are more concerned with the safety of the band fans.
Thank you for your continued support.

live stream
June 13, 2022
The Beatles vs The Rolling Stones
Rock 'N' Roll Fantasy Camp

Join Johnny A. and others in NYC November 17-20, 2022.

live stream
April 28, 2022
So this happened and regrettably I will not be able to attend and perform at this year‘s @dallasguitarfestival. I know it’s last minute and I want to thank Jimmy Wallace and the whole crew in DGF for their understanding. This is going to be a fantastic festival with some of the best guitar talent on the planet in one place. I encourage you to check it out if you’re in the area thank you, ja

live stream
December 28, 2021
CAFE WHA? postponed to March 17.

Due to increased COVID exposures, NYC has taken new measures to keep people safe, and as a result, the Cafe Wha? show has been moved to March 17, 2022.

live stream
October 1, 2021
Johnny A. & Friends
"Tis the Season!"

Featuring James Montgomery, Jon Butcher, and Sal Baglio
At Boston's City Winery on December 11.

Tickets may be purchased here.

live stream
August 12, 2021
Well, it's not a secret anymore!

Johnny A. Reveals His Live Looping Secrets
By Craig Anderton | Guitar Player magazine
With his high-tech looping-based solo show, tasteful tone master Johnny A. conjures a vintage vibe.
Read the article - click here.

live stream
June 1, 2021
From A. to Beatles

Johnny A.'s exciting new project celebrating the music of The Beatles.
Click here for more information.

live stream
April 26, 2021
Johnny A: Six String Superstar

Wachtelligence: AJ Wachtel sits with a member of the Boston Music Hall of Fame, guitar hero Johnny A. for a career retrospective.

Click here for the show!

live stream
March 3, 2021
Tupelo Drive-In Presents: Johnny A.

Sunday June 13: 1:00 p.m. and 4:00 p..m shows.

$75 Drive in (per car)
$22 tent (per seat)
Click here for tickets and more information.

live stream
February 8, 2021

The Gibson signature artist talks ’Bursts and reveals why he has recently fallen back in love with the Stratocaster.
Click here for the full article.

live stream
January 1, 2021
Facebook Live: Weekdays at 10:00 a.m. EST

Johnny continues his morning Facebook Live series every weekday at 10:00 a.m. EST. Come join the party as Johnny plays some guitar and chats with fans. It's always a surprise! Click here!

live stream
September 1, 2020
Stay-dium at Home: Fall edition
Following the massive success of his 1st live streamed "Stay-dium at Home" concert in July, Johnny A. is proud to announce the evolution of his acclaimed "Just Me...And My Guitars" show to a full-blown virtual tour. With the music industry at a standstill due to Covid, Johnny and his team wanted to bring great music to new and old fans while helping to financially support local venues and the staff they employ, who so desperately need it. On Friday September 25th, Johnny A. will broadcast live, in full HD with pro audio and lighting, from a 'secret venue' in America while partnering venues from all over the central USA will sell tickets to the show. For more info and for ticketing packages go to

In Partnership with:
The Ark - Ann Arbor, MI
Big River Theatre - Alma, WI
Guitar Sanctuary - McKinney, TX
Knuckleheads - Kansas City, MO
Ludlow Garage - Cincinnati, OH
Music Box - Cleveland, OH
Slippery Noodle - Indianapolis, IN
The Venue - Aurora, IL
Vangarde Arts - Sioux City, IA
Wildey Theatre - Edwardsville, IL

Johnny A. is a supporter of the National Independent Talent Organization (NITO) and the National Independent Venue Association (NIVA) and their #RESTART and #SAVEOURSTAGES congressional campaigns to provide assistance to artists, venues, staff, touring crew, agents, and managers that live touring and performances support.

live stream
June 30, 2020
Johnny A. and Bandsintown present an Exclusive Virtual Meet & Greet on July 9, 2020.

Join Johnny A. for a virtual Meet & Greet via Zoom!
What you can expect from the Meet & Greet:

• A unique and memorable experience via Zoom where you can interact directly with Johnny A.

• The opportunity to ask questions, share ideas, hear from Johnny A. and interact with other members of his fan community

• Turn your camera ON for some real face time

July 9, 2020 | 6:00 p.m. ET/ 3:00 p.m. PT
For more information: click here

live stream
June 24, 2020
“Just Me…And My Guitars”
Stay-dium at Home Edition

Guitar virtuoso and Gibson/Epiphone “Signature Artist” Johnny A. continues to push the musical envelope, just as he has done his entire career, and is excited to share a special live venue concert experience in conjunction with and for fans direct to their smart TV or device!

Music = Freedom - And on July 2, 2020 Johnny A. invites you to celebrate with him and kick off Independence Day Weekend with his one man show.

The "Just Me...And My Guitars: Stay-dium at Home Edition" streamed LIVE from the stage of a SECRET MUSIC VENUE - complete with full lighting and sound production! Watch and chat with fans from around the world via as Johnny seamlessly weaves technological innovations into his musical performance, mesmerizing the audience with intricate riffs, lush textures, and an incredible tone sensibility.

Fans will take a trip down the British Songbook of the 60’s and beyond as Johnny A. highlights some of the era’s greatest songs including hits by The Beatles, The Hollies, Blind Faith, and more!
All from your computer, smart TV, or internet-enabled phone.

Tickets are just $20.00 (plus a small ticketing fee).
Ticket plus merchandise packages are available.

SHOWTIME: July 2, 2020 | 8:00P ET
Get Tickets Here:

live stream
May 29, 2020
Guitarist Magazine UK


Feature cover article on Johnny A. with The Yardbirds.

"He’s got taste and tone to die for, Gibson and Epiphone signature models to his name, and he’s played in the band that he grew up idolising. We join the mercurial Massachusetts guitar legend to talk gear, Yardbirds and the future... "

Click here to read the article in pdf.

Guardians of Guitar
May 28, 2020
Guardians of Guitar
Johnny A Breaks the Ice
Drive-In Concert Slated For June 14

Great article on Johnny's show at Tupelo Music Hall - click here.

Buy tickets - click here.

live stream
May 19, 2020
Tupelo Drive-In presents JOHNNY A. June 14
Two shows: 12:00 and 3:00 shows. One ticket covers your vehicle and occupants.
Here's how it works - click here.

Buy tickets - click here.

live stream
April 3, 2020
FOX NEWS BOSTON | Local musician Johnny A performs online amid coronavirus
Fox News 25 Boston featured a segment on Johnny and how musicians are faring during the COVID pandemic.
More information - click here.

live stream
March 20, 2020
Johnny A. Offers Live Streaming Due to “Just Me…and My Guitars” Tour Dates Being Postponed
Like most musicians, acclaimed guitarist Johnny A. had to postpone his upcoming “Just Me…and My Guitars” April tour dates, due to the Covid-19 situation. Instead of falling into despair, he decided to hop on Facebook and start treating friends and fans to live sessions. Live streaming from his home, he interacts with his audience, tells stories and jams on some tasty instrumental versions of some of his favorite songs. Johnny usually gets started around 10:00 - 10:30am EST.
More information - click here.

West Coast 2020
March 16, 2020
ANNOUNCEMENT: In light of the current situation in the United States/World concerning the COVID-19 Coronavirus pandemic, it is with regret that I inform you that the following shows had to be cancelled:

3/14/2020 | Regent Theatre - Arlington,MA
3/20/2020 | Peterborough Town House - Peterborough, NH
4/02/2020 | Vanguard Arts - Sioux City, IA
4/03/2020 | Thrasher Opera House - S. Green Lake, WI
4/04/2020 | Big River Theatre - Alma, W
4/05/2020 | Turf Club - St Paul, MN
4/22/2020 | Dosey Doe - Woodlands, TX
6/06/2020 | Saxon Pub - Austin, TX
4/24/2020 | The Guitar Sanctuary - McKinney, TX
4/25/2020 | Shrine - Tulsa, OK
4/26/2020 | Knuckleheads- Kansas City, MO

West Coast 2020
January 20, 2020
Johnny A. Plays Solo Show at Blue Note - Hawaii
Johnny talks and plays on Living808 on KHON2 in Hawaii. Check it out - click here.
Living808's facebook page- Check it out - click here.

West Coast 2020
January 17, 2020
Rave Reviews For Johnny A.'s West Coast Tour
antiMusic's review of the Phoenix Arizona show at the Music Theater at the Musical Instrument Museum - Johnny A. Rocks Phoenix. Check it out - click here.

West Coast 2020
January 15, 2020
Johnny A. performs live on Good Morning San Diego
Johnny stopped in to talk and perform on Good Morning San Diego. Check it out - click here.

West Coast 2020
January 9, 2020
Guitar, Solo
Johnny A. celebrates the British songbook of the ’60s!
Tucson Weekly article about the tour. Check it out - click here.

West Coast 2020
December 11, 2019
JOHNNY A. | New articles!
Johnny has a featured article in the Holiday issue of Guitar Player magazine about his looping techniques. Read the article here:

Bman's Blues Report has another article on Johnny's West Coast tour, which you can read here:

West Coast 2020
November 11, 2019
"I'm pleased to announce that I will be returning to the West Coast for a series of tour dates beginning on January 9th. Most of these venues will be a first for me and I'm excited to be bringing the "Just Me...And My Guitars" show to them. As I usually only get to the west coast once a year, I'm counting on all my friends and fans to please help me get the word out.”

About JOHNNY A. "Just Me...And My Guitars" A Celebration of the British Songbook of the 60's

Johnny again takes an adventurous musical left turn with his "Just Me...And My Guitars" performances to present his distinct, instrumental guitar approach for the very first time in a completely "solo" intimate atmosphere...combining his keen arrangement instincts and guitar skills with his adept understanding and use of effects for a high--wire, one man tour de force, performance in real time without a net!

“Johnny A. is one of the finest guitarist’s I’ve ever had the pleasure to listen to, and I always learn something when we get together. He is a consummate musician on a world class level. I’ll put him toe to toe with anyone!” Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Inductee - Elliot Easton, The Cars

“Johnny A. has always had such a musical approach to the way he plays the guitar. He arranges his parts sort of like a symphony orchestrator, covering counterpoints and filling out harmonic structures. The tone in his fingers is always comfortable and friendly and a delight to feel. He is a thoroughly accomplished and powerfully effective guitarist”.
3 time Grammy Award winning Artist - Steve Vai

“Johnny A. is a light in a sea of guitar players. His unique and soulful full approach and his ‘ one man band’ chops are peerless. Melody - tone taste and a trick bag of surprises and a killer choice of material makes him a must see!” 5 time Grammy Award winning Artist - Steve Lukather, Toto

May 26, 2018
Sweetwater Gearfest
Saturday June 22, 3:30 P.M. - 4:30 P.M.
Johnny A. will tell the story of developing his Just Me…And My Guitars solo show after a long career as a bandleader and sideman for artists such as the Yardbirds and Peter Wolff. He'll also dig into how to find the right gear, advanced looping techniques, and how he uses the Bose L1 Model II and S1 Pro systems as his monitoring solution. Presented by Bose.

Johnny A. and Kasim Sultan
April 27, 2018
SONGS AND STORIES: An intimate evening with Johnny A. and Kasim Sulton

Very excited about doing a string of shows with my talented friend, Kasim Sulton. First to be announced is the legendary NYC Club The Iridium on September 12. Tickets go on sale Tuesday, April 30.

Everyone Loves Guitar interview
April 8, 2018
Johnny A. Interview

Johnny A. Interview with Everyone Loves Guitars where Johnny discusses his history; playing with Bobby Whitlock, Peter Wolf, The Yardbirds, The Streets, his signature guitars, and "Just Me and My Guitars."

Click here for the link.

Rig Rundown
July 25, 2018
Rig Rundown with Johnny A.

Premiere Guitar magazine just released a new Rig Rundown with Johnny A.

Click here for the video.

July 23, 2018 'tis:
I am NO LONGER associated with The Yardbirds.

On July 18, 2018, I received "The Yardbirds will not be needing your services any longer" email from the powers that be.

I feel I have a responsibility and obligation to alert fans/promoters that may be considering investing hard earned monies on a Yardbirds' performance expecting me to be appearing with the band.


I wish to thank ALL of my loyal fans that supported me during my tenure with them.

I wish only the best of luck for the Yardbirds going forward.
Comments welcomed but please don't ask questions. - ja

Guitar Player magazine
July 18, 2018
Guitar Player Magazine
Looping on the High Seas

Great article on Johnny and his looping techniques in the new Guitar Player magazine hitting newstands this week!

Play With Fire
July 6, 2018
Play With Fire

Johnny plays the classic Rolling Stones song, Play With Fire, live - with no backing tracks and looping on the fly!

Click here

January 28, 2018
Sweetwater Music Hall
Mill Valley, CA

On a cool Sunday evening on the last weekend of January, Johnny A. walked into a converted church in Mill Valley, California and showed what one guy, two guitars and about a dozen effects pedals can do. Playing two of his signature semi-hollowbody Gibson guitars through a congregation of Eventide H9 digital multi-effect pedals, Johnny set up a series of synchronous loops to create a soundscape that was both broad and deep, reverberating through the rafters of the Sweetwater Music Hall. After assuring the near-capacity crowd that nothing was pre-recorded, Johnny launched into a set that included some of his most popular songs, like "Walk Away Renee" and "Wichita Lineman" interspersed with some surprises like "The Stealer" by Free. Highlights of the evening included two extended medleys, each about 15 minutes in length. The first started with Blind Faith's "Can't Find My Way Home" and morphed into a series of Led Zeppelin songs, including "Whole Lotta Love." The second was exclusively Beatles tunes, beginning with "Yes It Is' and ending with "Ticket to Ride," which triggered an impromptu singalong. Memorable tunes on a memorable evening in which a band would have been downright superfluous. 

Bob Dragich

Blues Alive IV
July 27, 2017
Johnny will be doing some Sam Ash Music Store clinics in the New York/ New Jersey area introducing the new Epiphone Johnny A. Signature guitar.

Epiphone presents the Limited Edition Johnny A. Custom Outfit, the premier signature archtop by renowned guitarist, singer, and bandleader Johnny A. Featuring Johnny A's custom double-cutaway design in a Sunset Glow gloss finish, plus Gibson '57 Classic humbuckers, Ebony Fretboard, Bigsby® B70 Vibrato, and hard case.

August 22: Huntington
August 23: Queens
August 24: Edison

Look for more dates coming soon.

Blues Alive IV
June 10, 2017
Over Under Sideways Down
A great interview with Johnny in the May 2017 issue of The Tonequest Report by Tom Guerra

Click here for the article in pdf form

Blues Alive IV
May 21, 2017
From JA: "I'm very excited to announce that I've been invited back by Joe Bonamassa to perform on the Blues Alive at sea cruise coming up in late February. Iit's going to be a FANTASTIC time with an incredible lineup!! Make sure you book cabins early they go real quick!!"

Click here for more information.

Epi JA Ltd Ed
May 1, 2017
Epiphone presents the Limited Edition Johnny A. Custom Outfit, the premier signature archtop by renowned guitarist, singer, and bandleader Johnny A. Featuring Johnny A's custom double-cutaway design in a Sunset Glow gloss finish, plus Gibson '57 Classic humbuckers, Ebony Fretboard, Bigsby® B70 Vibrato, and hard case.

Click here for more information.

Stage It
October 14, 2016
Yardbirds review from the NYC B.B. King's show by Elmore Magazine and great pictures, too!
Click here for the review.

Stage It
September 8, 2016
Johnny has started a Stage It profile where we will periodically stream live shows. Please go and sign up to follow Johnny A. and you will be notified when shows will be aired.
Click here for Stage It.

Turn It Up excerpt
January 7, 2016
JA excerpt from the movie, "Turn It Up!"
Johnny A. discusses with Turn It Up! how he came to play guitar.
Click here for the video clip.

January 6, 2016
Fuzz-Fueled Flying With The Yardbirds
New February '16 Guitar Player interview with JA on being a Yardbird - click here for the pdf

November 3, 2015
Goldmine Magazine: The Yardbirds deliver a “most blueswailing” show at B.B. King’s in NYC - Great review of the show - Click here

October 26, 2015
Johnny A. interview in Guitar International about becoming a Yardbird- click here.

October 11, 2015
Johnny A. talks about joining The Yardbirds in this interview with WBZ NewsRadio Boston- click here.

Yardbirds pedalboard
October 24, 2015
Johnny A. writes: Some last minute change to The Yardbirds "Yardboard."
1. Swapped out the BPC MKI Tonebender for the Sola Sound MKI Tonebender "prototype."
2. Swapped out the Wah-Wah for the "Handwired" VOX Wah-Wah.
3. Added a JHS Pedals "little black buffer" (mounted under board).
4. Remounted the pedals on my custom Fix Pedalboards.
See y'all soon!! ja

JA in studio
October 21, 2015
Johnny A. writes: So... a couple of weeks ago I posted a pic of the pedal board I was going to use for the upcoming The Yardbirds tour starting on Oct 30... minus one "special" pedal. Well... here 'tis! I am honored to have been given the prototype of the "original" ToneBender MKI replicated by world renown fuzz guru David Main for Sola Sound. (thank you Anthony Macari)
For those who are unaware, the very first MKI Tonebender was given to Jeff Beck to use with the Yardbirds. Now the very first "official" replication was given to me for use with The Yardbirds! Pretty cool!!! PS: Sounds AMAZING!!!

October 16, 2015
Johnny A. is currently in the studio with Mickey Curry (Bryan Adams, Hall & Oates) and Jack Daley (Lenny Kravitz, Joss Stone) recording an album for Chinese superstar "Jin."
Keith Stuart producing, Peter Moshay engineering.

October 1, 2015
The Yardbirds announce Fall 2015 North American Tour - from Guitar Aficianado - click here.

September 9, 2015
How cool are these?

JA's new picks!

August 12, 2015
It's official: Johnny A. is now a Yardbird!

After postponing a brief North American tour earlier this year, The Yardbirds are pleased to announce their 2015 Fall tour.

Kicking off on Friday, October 30 in Norfolk, CT, The Yardbirds – founding member and Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee Jim McCarty, renowned guitarist Johnny A. (Peter Wolf, Bobby Whitlock), bassist Kenny Aaronson (Bob Dylan, Billy Idol), singer/blues harpist/percussionist Myke Scavone (Ram Jam & Doughboys), and guitarist/singer John Idan – will tour throughout October and November.
Click here for more details.

July 29, 2015
A look back at Guitar Aficionado's article on Johnny's guitars.
Click here for the article.

June 9, 2015
Johnny and friends at the Les Paul 100th birthday celebration in NYC. Left to right: Steve Vai, Steve Miller, Joe Bonamassa, Johnny A., Joe Satriani, Neal Schon, and Warren Haynes. Click photo for larger version.

JLes Paul 100th birthday

Johnny playing Superstition at the Les Paul 100th Birthday Celebration at Hard Rock NYC

March 27, 2015
The Les Paul Foundation Announces the Official 100th Birthday of Les Paul - A surprise performance will open the June 9th event followed by a performance by the popular band, “Counts 77.” The band’s lead singer, Danny Koker, star of the highly rated History Channel TV show “Counting Cars,” had a special connection to Les Paul through his father who was a musician. The History Channel will air a special Les Paul episode in the fall of 2015. A one-of-a-kind custom built chopper created by Count’s Kustoms will be unveiled at The Hard Rock event and later auctioned for the benefit of The Les Paul Foundation through Julien’s Auctions. “Count’s 77” performance will culminate with rock star friends of Les taking to the stage for the ultimate guitar jam. Legendary Steve Miller, Journey’s Neal Schon, Rock Icon Joan Jett, instrumental guitarist and member of the rock band “Chickenfoot,” Joe Satriani, rock guitarist Johnny A and the Les Paul Trio along with more surprise performers are scheduled to appear.
Click here for the full article in Premiere Guitar

February 12, 2015
A video montage from The Cotton Club in Tokyo, Japan.

February 5, 2015
Just released: Gone... Like A Sunset live from Daryl's House from the January 3rd show!

January 19, 2015
Johnny will be appearing at The Cotton Club in Tokyo, Japan for three nights,
February 8, 9, & 10.
Here is the promotional video from The Cotton Club:

December 16, 2014
From the Boston Music Awards Show - Johnny and his band doing The Beatles "Hey Bulldog" and "And Your Bird Can Sing."
Hey Bulldog - click here
And Your Bird Can Sing - click here

November 11, 2014
I have just learned that I am being inducted into the "Boston Music Hall of Fame" at this year's Boston Music Awards. We will perform at this year's Award Show which is on Dec 14 at the Revere Hotel. I have to say that this was totally unexpected. Being a performing artist on the Boston Music scene since 1975, I'm flattered, honored and humbled by this induction as the City of Boston has produced and is still producing extremely talented World Class Artists. I'd like to send a shout out to all the people that have, and still support my family and friends, band members (present and past), booking agents, manufacturers, DJs, media, benefactors,'s a pretty long list actually! ...On with the Show!!

November 7, 2014
Great blog from one of the Rock and Roll Fantasy Camp participants in Johnny's group: click here

August 6, 2014
Limited edition 180g audiophile vinyl - Hand gold-foil stamped numbered edition of 500 pieces, pressed and plated at Pallas Germany. Includes a digital download card- now available to order online. Very limited availability - click here to order.

July 22, 2014
From Premiere Guitar: "This month, guitarist Johnny A. joins us in thinking inside the box, as we ponder what type of amp best suits our individual personalities." Click here for more informatio

July 16, 2014
Mission signature pedals

Johnny will be part of the Rock and Roll Fantasy Camp at Foxwoods Casino this October with Roger Daltrey! Click here for more information.

July 8, 2014
From "Gibson Artist Johnny A on “Driven” and Updates to Signature Model" - click here for more information.

July 1, 2014
New review of Driven in Vintage Guitar magazine - check it out here.

May 13, 2014
Exclusive | Guitar World: Johnny A. premieres new song, Gone...(Like A Sunset)
Guitar World presents the exclusive premiere of Johnny's new song, Gone...(Like A Sunset) from his new album, Driven. Click here for the article

April 30, 2014
Worcester Magazine Review

Friday, April 25, 2014 at Mechanics Hall.
Steven King/Worcester Magazine

Johnny A. and his new band took the stage next, and after the first few songs, he admitted to the audience a touch of jitters, with all new band members and new songs. He need not have worried, as the band was tight as nails from the first note. Drummer Marty Richards, in particular, impressed. With no singer in the band, Johnny A. took on the difficult task of keeping the audience captive through an entire set of instrumentals. And captive they were, as Johnny blazed across the guitar neck, his fingers forming every possible chord imaginable, while controlling his many guitar effects to perfection. It was a stew of virtuosity that left the crowd in awe.
Two songs in particular stood out to me. In The Beatles' ballad “Yes It Is,” Johnny’s guitar tones were drippingly gorgeous, and playing the song instrumentally really brings out the raw beauty of the melody. “You Don’t Love Me,” the blues standard, was given a highly creative treatment, utilizing a half-time rhythm and some interesting sexy stops, combined with extreme soft/loud dynamics. Of course, Johnny A. also did his radio hit “Oh Yeah!” to perfection.

Mission signature pedals
April 25, 2014
Johnny's new signature Rewah pedal is now available from Mission Engineering - limited quantities: click here for more information.

Premiere Guitar has a new featured article on Johnny's new Mission Engineering pedals - click here.

April 24, 2014
New interview and review of Johnny's new album, Driven, by 21st Century Media: click here for the article.

April 10, 2014
The official world release date for Johnny A.'s third solo album, Driven, is June 3rd, via his own label, Aglaophone Records.

April 10, 2014
Guitar Player magazine online features an exclusive sneak-peak of "Ghost" from the new album, Driven.
Click here for the link.

April 10, 2014
Guitar World magazine: Guitarist Johnny A. to Release New Album,'Driven,'June 3.
Click here for the article.

March 19, 2014
New album, Driven, is out now! Available on the Shop page as a digital and CD order.

February 18, 2014
Johnny's new album, Driven, is due for pre-release in March 2014. Consisting of ten new songs and a very cool cover song, this album marks a departure for Johnny.

As an independent artist, Johnny is launching a PledgeMusic campaign to raise funds to promote and publicize the new album. There are many special offers for pledgers, from early release CD's, one-of-a-kind items, and vinyl to one of the Gibson Johnny A. Signature model guitars that Johnny used to record the new album!

Be a part of this exciting campaign and click here to go to the Johnny A. PledgeMusic website!

January 22, 2014
- Check out the new Johnny A. Interview by Gibson Guitars. Johnny talks about the making of his new album, Driven, what guitars and amps were used, and how he approaches finding a cover song. Click here for the interview.

December 10, 2013
- File under: for those who are interested!
Album update: 6 of the 11 songs for the new album are 100% completed. There are 5 remaining. Those 5 have been recorded and only need to be mixed. Trying my hardest to stay on target for a February release. Thanks for all the messages of encouragement! Hang in there. Best, Johnny A.

December 5, 2013
- Johnny's version of the holday classic, Sleigh Ride, is avaiable for downlaod!

November 11, 2013
- Johnny is in the middle of mixing the new album - title to be determined. Three songs done... stay tuned!"

June 23, 2013
- Johnny reports: "That's it!! Officially a wrap... I finished cutting the very last solo for my new album yesterday. Now to dismantle the studio and install the new SSL console. Can't wait to begin mixing...oh boy, decisions, decisions!!! Stay tuned. ja"

June 15, 2013
- Last minute gig addition: Johnny will be playing The Falcon in Marlboro NY June 21st! Check Shows for new dates!

May 1, 2013
- IT ALL BEGINS WITH A (An Axeman for the Ages) -The Noise's A.J. Wachtel interviews Johnny A. Click here for the article!

April 28, 2013
-Johnny is pleased to be on the Top Twenty Bands in Boston list - check it out here!

April 18, 2013
-Here's a great photo of Johnny with Jeff Beck from the Rock and Roll Fantasy Camp - click here!

April 16, 2013
-Johnny is heading out to Las Vegas tomorrow for the Rock and Roll Fantasy Camp with Jeff Beck, Brian Wilson, and billy Sheehan asmong others. Look for some photos from the camp.

Johnny is finished with ten songs for the new album and final mixes should be done soon.

March 3, 2013
-Just announced! Johnny has been asked to join Rock and Roll Fantasy Camp with Jeff Beck and Brian Wilson! Listen to Johnny's announcement here and Rock and Roll Fantasy Camp link here.

March 1, 2013
-Johnny has some really exciting news! Check back here for the big announcement!

February 7, 2013
-PLEASE NOTE: The sold out Kennett Flash show has been postponed to March 22nd due to the impending storm.

February 1, 2013
-Johnny posted on his facebook page that there are only three more tracks to be recorded for the new album!

January 9, 2013
-How beautiful is this Gibson Johnny A. that the Custom Shop made for Rascals' guitarist, Gene Cornish? Click here!

December 12, 2012
- NOTE - This show is now sold out! Tickets for Johnny A. at the Kennett Flash on February 9, 2013 go on sale today at 12PM sharp. Get your tickets while they last at

November 1, 2012
-Johnny A. has been nominated as Blues Artist of the Year in the 2012 Boston Music Awards. Johnny A. won this category in 2010 and was nominated for the same award in 2011. Voting is currently open to the public at, at this writing until November 19, 2012 at 11:59 P.M. The Boston Music Awards is celebrating twenty-five years of bringing together the music community of New England. Their goals are to honor the region's best performers, raise money for music charities and to help guarantee that New England's stages and studios are filled with talent for years to come. The awards ceremony will be held at The Liberty Hotel in Boston on December 2, 2012, and its performance lineup, featuring some of the region's most impressive established and emerging talent across various genres, will be announced at Redstar Union on November 7, 2012. Click here for Boston Music Awards website!

October 30, 2012
-Johnny A. was also recently ranked #3 on Hardrock Haven's Top 12 Guitar Players You Must See Live which described him as "one of the finest, most musical guitar players you'll ever have the pleasure of experiencing ...a true bonafide tone-monster with compositions that drip with emotion." Hardrock Haven, a premier online magazine for fans of Hard Rock, Classic Rock and Metal since 2002, ranked Johnny among legendary performers including Eric Clapton, Zakk Wylde, Slash and Jeff Beck. To see the complete list check out

September 13, 2012

rock fantasy camp
-Hi, I've been telling you for a couple of weeks now that I have a very cool announcement to make, and here it is! I am excited to share with you that I have been asked to participate as a counselor at the legendary "Rock and Roll Fantasy Camp - Rock 'n Roll Fantasy Camp" And for the first time ever, "Rock and Roll Fantasy Camp" salutes the Blues!

Join me, along with a host of other "Rock-Star" counselors for 5 days in Las Vegas, from Nov. 7 - 11, as we write, record and perform! Special Guest performers include the incomparable Warren Haynes and Jack Bruce!...with more to be added.

They tell me space is limited goes fast. Click the link for complete details. And remember...What Happens In Vegas, Stays In Vegas! Click here for more information!

September 7, 2012
-Can't wait for the new Johnny A. CD? This should help to tide you over. Listen to Johnny's track for the "Thank You Les" tribute album to Les Paul. Click here and then on Sweet Georgia Brown to hear Johnny's version of the Les Paul classic!

September 6, 2012
- STUDIO SESSIONS: Episode 17: Find out why Johnny LOVES the Hofner bass and check out the "Guitar Of The Week" from his personal collection - the Hofner '62 reissue! Click here!

August 16, 2012
- STUDIO SESSIONS: Episode 14 is in with Fan Question and Guitar Of the Week! This week's featured guitar from Johnny's personal collection is... the Gibson Guitar Johnny A. model of course! Click here!

July 26, 2012
- You guys have been asking for a while now, for me to release the singles of "One November Night" - I am happy to announce that I have done just that! As of today, you can download any of the songs off "One November Night" for 99¢. Not only did I release the singles, I am also happy to announce a reduced priced on the digital One November Night Album!

- I just uncovered a lost jam from the "Get Inside" sessions and I've decided to mix it and get it out to you guys soon! Check the Facebook page for upcoming announcements on that release!

July 19, 2012
- Find out if Johnny uses a real drummer or samples, why he chose John Storyk to design his new studio, what new music he's listening to and more! Check it out here!

May 1, 2012
- For the first time ever, a limited number of Johnny A. t-shirts are now available online! Get yours while they last! Click here

April 28, 2012
- Johnny has finished pre-production on his highly anticipated next studio album and has started recording. Follow him on his "making of" journey as he documents his "Studio Sessions" via "American Guitarist TV" Click here

April 28, 2012
- Johnny has started a youtube channel called American Guitarist TV Check it out here!

March 29, 2012
- "Thank you Les," Lou Pallo's star-studded tribute to Les Paul featuring Johnny A. The CD recording, DVD documentary and vinyl record are scheduled to be released this summer. Click here for more information.

March 27, 2012
- Monster Cable VP, Bobby Baker, recently stopped in at Nirvana Studios to visit with Johnny and to get a little taste of some demos off Johnny's new record. Click here for a picture.

February 10, 2012
- Check out Get Inside live from Rockpalast in Germany. The rest of the show will be broadcast soon, but here's a teaser! - click here.

January 7, 2012
- From GitaarPlus magazine in the Netherlands comes a great article on JA - check it out here.

January 1, 2012
- Have a safe and Happy New Year! Johnny is working at Nirvana Studios on demos for his next album. Hope to see you all at the shows in 2012!

December 24, 2011
- Happy Holidays everyone! JA

November 14, 2011
CBS News story - click here

November 8, 2011
- Johnny is featured in a video from the House of Blues in Paris on Guitare TV

Johnny A. from La Ou Audiovisual on Vimeo.

November 4, 2011
- Johnny A. was nominated for 2011 Blues Artist of the Year by the Boston Music Awards. Johnny A. won this category in last year's awards. Now in its 24th year, the Boston Music Awards brings together the music community of New England to honor its best and brightest performers while raising funds to benefit the Music Drives Us Foundation.

Please cast your votes here.
Congratulations and best of luck to Johnny A.!

October 22, 2011
- Johnny is flyng back from six fantastic shows at The Blue Note, in Tokyo Japan! Next, he's flying to Europe for a series of dates in the Netherlands, Belguim, and Germany!

- The rescheduled West Coast dates are now up on the Shows page!

September 13, 2011
- Due to an unforeseen medical emergency, the West Coast Johnny A. Tour Dates have been cancelled.
Sorry for any inconvenience this may have caused. No further information is available at this time.

September 10, 2011
- Johnny A. announced three new shows at The Blue Note, Tokyo Japan on October 20, 21, and 22.

April 28, 2011
- Johnny A. announced tour dates for Germany this coming November.

March 28, 2011
- Johnny A. will be a featured guest guitarist appearing with the Les Paul Trio at Iridium NYC on April 25th. Click here for more information

From Gibson Guitar's Lifestyle website:
- The Gibson Video Interview: Johnny A. Click here

March 11, 2011
- Johnny A.'s Version of "Walk Away Renee" is #4 on Gibson Guitars' 10 Greatest Valentine's Day Instrumentals. Johnny A. To Be Featured in Boston Legends All Star Concert in March and April.

February 25, 2011
- Johnny will be doing a guitar clinic and workshop at Rick's Music World in Raynham MA at 7pm. Click here for more details!

February 4, 2011
- Johnny A. played at the Legends of Rock And Blues at the Lynn Memorial Auditorium along with Brad Whitford, Brooks Young, James Montgomery, Edgar Winter, and Rick Derringer!

December 5, 2010
- Johnny A. won the Blues Artist of the Year at the Boston Music Awards 2010 tonight at the Liberty Hotel. Johnny would like to thank everyone who voted for him and wants to congratulate former bandmate, Peter Wolf, on his win for Album of the Year! Johnny would also like to congratulate Ryan's Smashing Life on their win for Best Music Blog, and for their support of One November Night this year!
Click here to see Johnny's BMA!

November 16, 2010
Hi Everyone...
I need your help!
I have been nominated for "Blues Artist of the Year" in the 2010 Boston Music Awards. Though I've been nominated before, I've never won. Fan voting counts for one third of the vote!!
Please vote for me.
Thanks, Johnny A.
Johnny will be performing at the BMA's on Sunday, December 5th!

October 2, 2010
- Johnny played the 3rd annual Supergroup Benefit for Right Turn at Showcase Live! in Foxboro MA. On the bill was Rick Derringer, Eliot Easton, Richie Supa, Chad Smith, Ricky Byrd, Kasim Sultan, and more! Johnny played slide on Eric Clapton's, Tell The Truth- check it out here!

September 22, 2010
- Johnny is honored to be asked to participate in this guitar documentary film: Turn It Up! Check it out here!

July 6, 2010
- M. Ward from She and Him joins the Johnny A. guitar alumni along with Kirk Hammett of Metallica and Randy Bachman. He talks to Gibson about why the Johnny A. signature guitar is right for him- click here.

June 29, 2010
- Johnny A. is featured guitarist on a new recording of the Jimmy Webb classic, "Galveston" on Webb's new CD, Just Across The River, out now!

May 19, 2010
- Johnny A. performs on FOX25 Boston - click here.

March 27, 2010
- Johnny A. is featured in The Alternate Root magazine - click here

March 15, 2010
- Johnny A.'s DVD/CD "one november night" was the number 1 seller of music DVD's at Newbury Comics chain and number 8 for ALL DVD sales during its debut week!

March 9, 2010
- DVD/CD release party at House of Blues Boston.

March 2010
- Johnny talks with WZLX's Carter Alan. Listen to the podcast here.

March 5, 2010
-Boston Globe
iPod Shuffle
What pops up when you put someone's music on random

By Joan Anderman
Globe Staff

Next week Boston''s own guitar hero, Johnny A, is releasing "One November Night," a live CD/DVD set recorded at Scullers Jazz Club on - you guessed it - one night last November. To mark the occasion we asked the virtuoso shredder - who is distributing the new project through his website, - to set his iPod to shuffle and give us a glimpse of his music collection. No tracks from Johnny''s desert island artist, Chet Atkins, popped up, but Glen Campbell did.

1. "Do It All Night," Curtis Mayfield
2. "Rain, Rain," Bill Frisell
3. "Good Times Bad Times," Led Zeppelin
4. "L.A. County," Lyle Lovett
5. "Steve''s Boogie," Eric Johnson
6. "Boys," the Beatles
7. "Out of Sight," James Brown
8. "Gentle on My Mind," Glen Campbell
9. "Sling Shot," Jeff Beck
10. "Blue Echo,"Lenny Breau

Total songs: "I would say four or five thousand. How do I find that out?"

Glad we missed: "I think people would be very surprised to know I am a big Gerry Rafferty fan."

February 24, 2010
-Johnny's interview on, Portland, ME - click here

February 24, 2010
-The Birth of a Great Gibson: Johnny A. tells his signature model's story- click here

February 16, 2010
- Gibson Guitars Lifestyle features a speical artcle on Johnny- read it here.

February 9, 2010
- Preorder your copy of "one november night" now! Shipping on March 9th.

one november night

January 10, 2010
- Johnny is pleased to announce the completion of "one november night," a live DVD/CD, recorded at Scullers Jazz Club. Release date is March 9, 2010, and pre-orders will be starting on February 9, 2010. In conjunction with this release, is being redesigned.

Check back for more shows, news, and information regarding the DVD/CD and how to order!

one november night

December 22, 2009
- Vote for Johnny in Guitar Player 2009 Reader's Choice Poll- click here!

August 2009
- "I am personally very saddened by the passing of Mr. Les Paul. As well as being such an iconic figure in the world of music, as a player and inventor, Les was truly a gentleman with an unbeatable sense of humor. It has been my honor to have known and played with him. His spirit will surely be missed." - Johnny A.

one november night

June 2009
- Gibson Guitars' Lifestyle Features presents "5 Sexiest Custom Shop Signature Models."
Read more here
signature guitars

Fender Custom Shop Signature Stratocaster
The Johnny A. Signature Stratocaster is an amalgamation of his four favorite model years—1963 through 1966—and features a select two-piece alder body with off-center seam, paired with a 3A birdseye maple neck featuring a ’65-style “oval C” profile and contoured heel. The round-lam rosewood fingerboard has a comfortable 7.25” radius and 21 medium jumbo (6150) frets. The neck and middle pickups are hand-wound 11/56 models, while a steel bottom plate on the custom 11/56 bridge pickups delivers livelier tone with more wide-ranging response; all are fixed to a three-ply mint green pickguard, along with a five-way switch and Strat Blender wiring with Tone-Saver bleed circuitry. Other premium features include Custom Shop synchronized tremolo bridge, vintage-style tuners, bone nut, wing string tree with tall metal spacer, deluxe hardshell case, strap and certificate of authenticity.

Find out all the specs at the Fender Custom Shop. Click here!

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