Johnny A.

Celestion is excited to welcome Johnny A. as a Partner in Tone, one of a growing family of discerning guitarists who will only trust their tone to Celestion

September 12, 2014




Celestion is excited to welcome Johnny A. as a Partner in Tone, one of  a growing family of discerning guitarists who will only trust their tone to Celestion. Johnny has recently loaded G10 Golds into his twin Swanson Cabinets, custom made to his own specifications, in anticipation of some live dates, and has been captivated by their rich, expressive sound.

Driven, Johnny's fourth solo recording, was released on his own Aglaophone Records label in June of this year. His most ambitious solo record to date it features ten original songs, as well as a rendition of the Bee Gees' To Love Somebody. As well as playing all the instruments, this album marks his  debut engineering, mixing, and producing the entire recording  in his home studio, Nirvana Sound.

Johnny has played with many renowned musicians, including Mingo Lewis (Santana), Doug Clifford (CCR), and Bobby Whitlock (Derek & The Dominos), before a seven-year stint as guitarist and musical director with The J. Geils Band front man Peter Wolf. In 1999.

His first solo album Sometime Tuesday Morning, re-released in 2001 on Steve Vai's Favored Nations Entertainment label, went on to sell 100,000 copies, spawning the #1 single "Oh Yeah" on the AAA radio format. This naturally led to a second release, Get Inside, which brought forth a radio hit in the form of the title track and drew more plaudits, including a callaboration with Gibson�î, which resulted in a custom guitar, which is now their the second best selling signature model.

In 2006, Warner Bros./Alfred Publishing released his instructional DVD entitled Taste, Tone, Space. In 2010, he released One November Night, a live DVD/CD set recorded at Sculler's Jazz in his hometown of Boston. That same year, he was honored as Blues Artist of the Year 2010 by The Boston Music Awards.

The journeying continues on Driven. As he explains, "My goal was to make a really lyrical album that would stay with people, not an album that would make people think 'wow, that guy's a great guitarist', I'm not interested in blowing someone's head off with my playing, or showing how I can shred. With my favorite guitarists, I always tried to put my finger on how I could pick them out of a crowd. You can have all the chops in the world and be voiceless. I always want to have a voice."

Welcome to the family, Johnny!
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