Who Is Son of John?
This past year singer songwriter Johnny P. Johnson found something magical happening as he toured his new album Until You Get There. With the addition of his son on violin, mandolin and back up vocals, Johnny P's songs from his album, recorded with a full band, took on a new feel. It's a sound you don't hear everyday, father and son's voices blending in velvety smooth harmony accompanied by jaunty finger picking mandolin and melodious violin licks. This is what you get with this father son duo Son of John.
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Johnny and Javan perform Summer Wages
Who is Johnny P. Johnson?
A avid energy singer-songwriter and performer, with a natural vocal talent, creative harmonica and strong rhythmic guitar, is what best describes JPJ. Johnny is a passionate musical storyteller that writes about both the simplicities and complexities of life based on his own experiences and those around him. In addition to bringing a common, everyday experience alive, JPJ’s songs sometimes dig deep. He also has a great knack for keeping tough topics light and upbeat.
Johnny delivers a musical experience that is a driving folk, country roots sound. Not all of JPJ’s show is high energy though. Johnny moves into Canadiana songs from an earlier album Prairie Roots Grow Deep, nominated for 2005 BCCMA Album of the Year, to a wonderful acoustic version of Ian Tyson’s song called Summer Wages which is included in Johnny’s new album, produced by nine times BCCMA Producer of the Year Tom Mckillip (Ian Tyson, Lisa Brokop, Aaron Pritchett).
Recorded with a full band Johnny’s new album Until You Get There has the energy and drive that comes from living a busy but impassioned life. To bring Johnny’s music alive, Johnny is joined by his son Hans Javan on violin/mandolin.
“He has the ability in his voice and his song writing skills to make you hang on every word one moment, like following an unfolding story, to be being blown away by a powerful note that reverberates through you to the next. His musical influences came through in subtle hints…from the way Neil Young’s voice can seem almost ethereal, to the twangy rock of Blue Rodeo, to the ‘every-man’ lyrics of Woody Guthrie and Gordan Lightfoot” Revelstoke Current
Songs about workers and real life experiences. I am a big "fan" of Woody and all like him and am honestly impressed with your talents as a song writer and performer. There are messages and perspectives in your work that I hope will be shared to many.” Greg Walter (Author: Woodstock: A New Look; musician, producer; photographer)
Who is Hans Javan?
On fiddle and mandolin is Johnny’s oldest son, Hans Javan Johnson, who also has a strong presence singing a blending back-up with his father’s vocals. Hans Javan was classically trained in the Nelson area, having his first lesson at age 4. Since then he’s performed in numerous chamber orchestras and served as a principal violinist down in the pit at the Capitol Theatre for shows such as My Fair Lady, Into The Woods and Beauty and The Beast. He made appearances as part of the Symphony of the Kootenays, and most recently, in 2015, served as a concert master for Thompson Rivers Orchestra in Kamloops, BC. He found his love of fiddling after attending the OldTime Fiddle camps with the likes of Gorden Stobbe and JJ Guy in Castlegar many years ago, and has been playing with his dad ever since. Hans Javan first toured with Johnny a decade ago after the release of JPJ’s first album Prairie Roots Grow Deep, and now, Hans Javan is proud to have the opportunity to perform with JPJ again, delivering “hauntingly” beautiful solos and adding an upbeat fiddling flare to JPJ’s new album of songs.