The Ballad of Johnny Reno
I write and play Acoustic Americana music with a vengeance!
Sometimes the style is Jazz with a twist. Sometimes it’s got a country blues bent. There’s even an Irish tune and the Stax/Volt influence is pervasive on many of the songs. Intelligent lyrics, interesting characters, humorous commentary, killer hooks, and an expressive, honest delivery. You want to hear the story in these songs. This stuff kills on every level and the songs groove.
I grew up in the 60’s and early on contracted a severe case of the “rockin’ pneumonia”. I had all the requisite piano lessons and church choir stuff and might even have stayed on that road were it not for the transistor radio and the DJ’s on WABC in
And then came the Beatles. Good God, if they didn’t kill you, I don’t know what to say! Hearing “I Want To Hold Your Hand” on the radio for the first time made me decide right then and there that I would be a musician and play for millions and meet all the best chicks. Those were great dreams; I still have them.
And because I still have them I continually find myself in new musical situations and challenges. In fact, I have been in every possible musical circumstance you can imagine from the New York City Center Opera to big-time Rock ‘n’ Roll, all of which has infected my songwriting and performance.
The Ballad Of Johnny Reno
man...you sounded so good the other day at the military target joint. thanks so much for sharing your wares...it's been too long and you aint nothin but the truth.
…And Buck Brown on the guitar...Jeez, what a magician! Buck gave us a great concert Saturday evening in the Chapel… Man, those were good sounds and songs!
-Gene Luna, Roanoke College
Regarding D.C. guitarists, all those mentioned are great. Some that seemed missing that are favorites of mine are Michael Stern, Bobby Manriquez, Lance Quinn, Tom Lofgren, Buck Brown, Paul Bell and Stuart Smith. All great and still at it! Take care and Believe.
I was checking out ReverbNation for new releases and I decided to check out your page. I listened to some of your music and it's excellent; you have a rootsy, bluesy, and exuberantly hook-filled sound.