Alvon Johnson On Top of the Bay Area Blues Game
The blues game has a new shot in the arm, and his name is Alvon Johnson. His aggressive style of playing the guitar has ignited a new generation of blues fans.
Johnsons introduction to music came early on, as he followed in the footsteps of his mother. His talent as a young man was evident, and singing and playing guitar for a living was an obvious career path. Early influences included legends Wes Montgomery, Andre Segovia, Charlie Christian and Jimi Hendrix. While attending Portland State University, Johnson explored his rhythmic roots and began playing the conga drum. His flamboyant style caught the attention of Babatunde Olatunji, a virtuoso of West African percussion.
Johnson studied with Olantunji for a while, and later toured with the West African highlife group New World Afrika. He wrote scores for documentary films and several plays in Portland and Eugene, Oregon, and also hosted a top-rated radio show in Eugene.
Johnsons self-titled CD is a masterful reflection of traditional blues and has won respect and praise from blues legends around the globe. His cleverly crafted version of Hoochie Coochie Man is spectacular, proving to everyone that his unique style is here to stay.
Now everybody knows Big Cat loves the blues, and this cat has that old-school sizzle I like to see and hear live in concert. Dont take my word for it Alvon Johnson will perform live with his band at Biscuits & Blues on Thursday, Sept.7.
Check out his new site at www.alvon.org.