"Driven" by Johnny A. on iTunes

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Customer Reviews

3.5 out of 5

13 Ratings

No Soul.

Eye H8 the Giants,

What happened? Where's the smart licks? Haunting chord combinations and inversions? This sounds like a High School band putting out their first demo. No trills, no harmonization, no emotion. Nothing at all like his previous efforts that blessed the listener with unique and brilliant melodies and raunchy powerful choruses. Very very plain. I've waited too long for this new album. Now he's retiring? Shame in you, Johnny. Perhaps the worst swan song (songs) I've ever heard.

Wow. Totally Amazed!!!

The Last Guru,

This record really shows how Johnny A has grown as an Artist, Producer and Musician. Johnny takes you on a exciting and magical journey through this heart and soul. This record is PURE Johnny A…There is so much complexity to the layers of beautiful sound that I am hearing when I put this on. I am excited and energized to hear track after track, and never get lost or bored. The instrumentation is fantastic, and this is showcases a new level of musicianship that we never experienced from him. I really love how he is now incorporating new instruments in his palette to paint a completely new landscape that takes us on a cinematic musical journey. Wow. Totally Amazed!!!

About Johnny A.

Guitarist Johnny A. was born in Malden, Massachusetts and grew up in the North Shore area of Boston, where he led bands that played every major and not-so-major venue in the area as well as a host of roadside bars in New England. He eventually chose to become a sideman, playing with such artists as Bobby Whitlock, Mingo Lewis, and J. Geils frontman Peter Wolf. In his six-year stint as Wolf's guitarist, Johnny A. recorded on the albums Fool's Parade (1999) and one which he co-produced with Wolf, 1996's Long Line. Johnny A. was also a member of Wolf's House Party 5 band and various incarnations of his acoustic ensembles which toured extensively throughout the United States and Japan.

In late 1999, Johnny A. placed himself front and center with an all-new guitar instrumental project and album, titled Sometime Tuesday Morning on Aglaophone Records. The album included original material as well as covers of the Beatles' "Yes It Is," Jimmy Webb's "Wichita Lineman," and Willie Cobbs' blues classic "You Don't Love Me." The album was embraced by radio stations, critics, and fans alike, and spawned the instrumental single "Oh Yeah," which hit number one in the U.S. on the AAA radio format. Get Inside was released by Favored Nations in 2004, with One November Night, a live CD/DVD set recorded at a show in Boston, arriving in 2010. Driven, which saw Johnny A. mixing, producing, and playing all the instruments, was released in the spring of 2014. ~ Ann Wickstrom & Steve Leggett

    Malden, MA

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