Los Angeles – Johnny Bennett performs an intimate solo set at The State Social House (8782 W. Sunset Boulevard) on Thursday February 19th at 9:30PM. He has held residencies at world famous venues including the 12 Bar Club and The Scotch of St. James in London. He has also shared the stage in support of the likes of Dr. John and Maceo Parker to name a few. This current run of solo acoustic sets feature selections from Johnny’s upcoming self titled full-length release. Thanks for coming out to hear the songs delivered in their rawest form.
“The Lonesome Highway has had a lot of casualties over the years. Few survivors
like Johnny Cash, Tom Waits, Gram Parsons and Jackson Browne have found a way to
capture that struggle, longing, and pain into music that has captured even the most
blackest of hearts. Well, it’s time to let little more love into your black heart. His name is
Johnny Bennett; his music: sparse and engaging; his lyrics: dark and cutting; his voice:
aged with cigarettes, whiskey and broken dreams. It’s only a matter of time that Johnny
Bennett will take his place amongst the mavericks, gunslingers and troubadours
mentioned above. It is also his large range of songwriting and musical ideas that have
set him far apart from his fellow singer-songwriter peers.” ROYAL FLUSH
I guess every artist struggles at times seeking inspiration. Then, for the lucky ones, out of nowhere comes the muse that defines and informs their efforts. I am one of those lucky ones as my sweet Suanne is at the root of every song I’ve written since I set eyes on her. What before was a tiresome exercise of writing instantly became this effortless joy and to this day the songs write themselves, well Suanne writes the songs through my hands. They are honest and true and they’re all for her and they tell our story.
So today, like every other day, I celebrate my sweet sweet Boozy and all that she has given me over the years. That list is way too long for print. I am so very thankful.
Self promotion is tough. An artist struggles to create great work and then is faced with the incredible task of sharing it. It’s a difficult conversation to have with one self and even more so to develop mentality that there is no shame in promoting yourself and your work.
Which brings me to this quote: “By the way, if anyone here is in advertising or marketing… kill yourself. You are Satan’s spawn filling the world with bile and garbage. It’s the only way to save your fucking soul. Kill yourself.” Bill Hicks
Dear God help me!
OK so here I am advertising and marketing my latest release ‘The Limited Edition Vinyl Re-Issue of ‘The 12 Bar Club Live’. There are sixty signed and numbered albums available and I hope you’ll pick one up.
Get it here:
For as long as I can remember I have worked from a daily list. I am lost without it and in its absence things fall though the cracks and as Billy Collins put it “These often very timely points make their way the southern hemisphere of the brain,
to a little fishing village where there are no phones.”
I create my list each night for the following day. It consists of easy reminders like eat for example. The majority of items include tasks that be must accomplished that day, the remainders of on-going tasks and there updates, and lots of random notes. The end of each day delivers a completely crazy document that is pure comedy. Anything that doesn’t get done is transferred to the next days list(s) and so continues the obsession.
These days the lists have been long and they help keep me on board and not pacing the floors wondering what it was I needed to do?
A few items from the list:
60 signed and numbered units are available of the limited vinyl re-issue of ‘Johnny Bennett – The 12 Bar Club Live’
Get your’s here: http://www.johnny-bennett.com/blog/?p=1440
I perform at The State Social House on Thursday February 19th.
Here is the info: https://www.facebook.com/events/428270797338568/?pnref=story
As most of you know I’ve been at this for a long time. I am very thankful for the countless individuals that have allowed me to stay in the game. Seeking to find my way has sent me down numerous rabbit holes attempting to find and capture my true voice and sound. This process has been my focus over the last four years since my last full length release with the goal to deliver a highly focused album that is an honest representation of who I am.
Selecting these consistent songs working from a list of over 100 options while writing to fill the gaps along the way has been an incredible process. Time and time again it’s been ‘I love this track but it doesn’t fit.’ With the incredible assistance of my long time executive producer, Derek Jones, we are getting close to that definitive list.
It’s these moments and reminders along the way that keep me going. I’ve never doubted that this is what I was born to do. The experiences of what didn’t work, these near misses in genre, songwriting, production, and arrangement have all been vital to delivering the ‘real me’ via this album.
“On one hand, we know that everything happens for a reason, and there are no mistakes or coincidences. On the other hand, we learn that we can never give up, knowing that with the right tools and energy, we can reverse any decree or karma. So, which is it? Let the Light decide, or never give up? The answer is both.” – Yehuda Berg
So the process continues and I’m all in.
In the meantime I hope you’ll grab a copy of my limited vinyl re-issue if ‘The 12 Bar Club Live’. There are 60 signed and numbered copies left. I am very proud of this document that captured the last night of my 25 date run at The 12 Bar Club in London.
You can purchase it here: http://www.johnny-bennett.com/blog/?p=1440