Johnny A. Biography

Coming from the North Shore of Boston, MA, Johnny A. came up through the ranks playing any and every high school and church dance he could. Graduating to the "Boston Rock" and club scene, Johnny A. led bands that played every major and not so major venue in the area including the Wang Center, the Orpheum Theater, Great Woods, Cape Cod Coliseum, Avalon, Paradise Rock Club, House of Blues, The Boston Garden (where he holds the distinction of being the last guitarist to ever play the "Hallowed Hall" before they closed her doors), and the now defunct legendary Rat and Channel clubs as well as a host of roadside bars in the New England area. During this period Johnny A. shared stages with major talents such as Aerosmith, the Cars, Cheap Trick, Bad Co., the Smithereens, Dave Edmunds, Bob Seger, David Johansen, Yes, Brian Setzer Orchestra, Hootie and the Blowfish, and anyway, you get the idea. He's paid dues.

After years of fronting his own bands he chose to become a sideman, or "gun for hire." This decision led him to playing with artists such as Bobby Whitlock (Eric Clapton's - Derek and the Dominos, Delaney and Bonnie, and George Harrison), Mingo Lewis (Santana, the Tubes, Chick Corea) and most recently with J. Geils frontman extraordinaire, Peter Wolf. In his six year stint as guitarist for Peter Wolf, Johnny A. recorded on two of Peter's albums, the critically acclaimed "Fools Parade" (1999 Mercury Records) and one which he co-produced with Peter, "Long Line" (1996 Reprise Records) earning a four star review in Rolling Stone Magazine. Johnny A. was a member of Peter Wolf's "House Party 5" band and various incarnations of Peter's acoustic ensembles which extensively toured throughout the United States and Japan.

This brings us to the year 2000 and yet another decision for Johnny A.. He's placed himself front and center this time with an all new guitar instrumental project and CD, "sometime tuesday morning" (Aglaophone Records), in which his guitar is his 'voice'. In a time when instrumental recordings go against the odds, Johnny A.'s new CD has been embraced by critics and has garnered fan acceptance as well. Local radio has also been very supportive in helping to propel this fresh new sound!! Creating your own 'voice' and carving out a name for yourself is an almost impossible task for a guitarist these days. It takes perseverance, and being brutally honest with one's own self assessment. Johnny A. has managed to do both of these things.

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