Tomorrow is Ellisville’s last free concert of the season featuring Jeremiah Johnson. Plan on coming early, get a good parking spot, shop the market, enjoy a beverage and a some good eats and listen to the wonderful music of the duo, the Flea Bitten Dawgs, then stay the evening and listen a great local band.
After spending 10 years in Houston TX and becoming the 1st place finalist of the 2004, 2005, and 2006 Houston TX Regional Blues Challenges (sponsored by The Houston Blues Society), Jeremiah Johnson moved back to his home in St. Louis in the beginning of 2009. He had a guitar, a fist full of original songs and a ton of ambition.
You can almost taste the Texas in his guitar style. Johnson has put together some of St. Louis’ best talents in this world-class band. Jeremiah Johnson is the new face of Mississippi River blues.
Walk into a gin joint in St. Louis and you’ll likely hear the familiar “blues” sound that made the area famous. It’s lyrics about the struggles of daily living with the hallmark blues style guitar that rips at your soul and soothes the spirit.
Johnson takes that rich heritage but also blends influences that shaped his rugged youth like Eric Clapton, Jimmy Hendrix, BB King, Albert Collins, Albert King, Johnny Winter, Alvin Lee from Ten Years After, Les Paul, Chet Atkins, and Hank Williams Sr. and Jr., to name just a few. On top of a rich gumbo of solid songwriting, Johnson kicks it up a notch with The Sliders, Jim Rosse (trumpet) and Stuart Williams (sax).
In their 25-year tenure together, The Sliders have toured with Little Feat, Johnnie Johnson, Bob Weir of Rat Dog, and have played with too many great players to mention them all. Paired together with The Jeremiah Johnson Band, you get an energized entertainment experience that will put the honky-tonk in major venues to come. After the JJB were named the 2010 St Louis “King of the Roots” winners, in November of 2010 released their debut CD “9th and Russell”! It was extremely well received by radio and fans, launching the band to bigger stages! With radio play from Alaska to Florida, US to Japan! The success of “9th and Russell” propelled the band to the forefront of the St Louis music scene and paved the way for the success of their sophomore release.
In 2011 the JJB entered in the International Blues Challenge and became the proud winners of the 2011 St Louis Blues Society IBC Challenge. They went on to represent St Louis in Memphis TN and made it to the semi-finals! November of 2011 the JJB released “Brand Spank’n Blue”. This 2nd effort in the studio has proved to be just the ticket the JJB has needed to get them to larger audiences. Local radio stations everywhere have embraced the music and it has gotten a lot of air time. January of 2012 SiriusXM’s B.B. Kings Bluesville picked up two tracks off of Brand Spank’n Blue! The national exposure has the nation talking about the blues band from St Louis. With more and more fans everyday, you might see the JJB in your area real soon! The Jeremiah Johnson Band has become one of the hottest shows in town. Live music is better and they love to show you why..
Here are a few words on “9th and Russell”
“This CD combines the award-winning talent of Jeremiah Johnson and his extremely tight band of Jeff Girardier on bass and Brad Martin on drums with The Sliders – an amazing Albert King alumni horn section composed of Stuart Williams on sax and Jim Rosse on trumpet. Together this band has created a CD destined for the top of the record charts!” – STLBlues.net
“It is my expectation that this CD will stand on its own merits and end up being considered one of the best independently released CDs of 2011” Lee Howland – aka “East Side Slim”