My first introduction to Johnny A was on WXPN several years ago.  His style captured my ear and I’ve been trying to find the opportunity to see him live ever since.  Finally, I got to see Johnny in one of the best venues for live music, The Flash, in Kennett Square, PA.  The room has been voted the best place to hear live music in Chester County and Johnny sold the place out.

I seem to gravitate to musicians whose style is hard to define.  Johnny A fits that category.  His blend of rock, blues and jazz is remarkable.  There were times when he completely mesmerized me so that I forgot that my purpose for being there was to get somephotos for the TriStateIndie web site.  The only thing you could do was listen and be humbled by this guy’s talent.

Johnny’s blend of original tunes and covers held the audience.  I remember his rendition of Jimi’s “The Wind Cried Mary” as a deeper musical piece with a driving rhythm and with Johnny’s guitar work filling in all the spaces.  On another tune he sequenced his solo into “Over the Rainbow” and played with such quietness and reverence that the room fell so silent that you didn’t want to whisper.  He moved from there into riffs that felt totally improvisational, his drummer and bass player following along.  It reminded me of Keith Jarret’s brilliant solo work.

I got to see one of the best guitar players on the planet in one of the best venues. Catch him if you can, you will be truly amazed.

-Michael J Trojan

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