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Johnson's Crossroad

Johnson’s Crossroad is taking their love of the old time mountain music, bluegrass, and the Texas singer/songwriters of the 1970’s and putting their own stamp on the ever-widening and increasingly popular ‘Americana’ genre, nurturing a sound they like to call “Appalachian Soul.”

The band was born in the bars of small town Lewisburg, WV. Johnson’s Crossroad performed the old songs they love and began to craft their own material. As audiences began to grow founding members Paul Johnson and Keith Minguez decided to head south over the Blue Ridge Mountains to the budding music scene of beautiful Asheville, NC where they found like-minded musicians and formed a touring band.

Their debut album “Blood in Black and White” brings together some of Asheville’s finest musicians to perform JXR’s original material. The album is steeped in the traditional country themes of lost love, lost fortune, lost time, and overcoming hardships, but Johnson’s Crossroad have clearly found a unique voice. With “Blood in Black and White” they give country music fans an alternative to the “polished” sound, though staying true to the roots that have made country music great.

“Johnson’s Crossroad is … part blues, part old-school country and part bluegrass. I guess that makes them Americana, but for some reason that label just doesn’t seem to fit. If this album was a few decades old, I’d swear these guys came up with Willie Nelson, Kris Kristofferson and Waylon Jennings. Can one be both Americana and Outlaw at the same time? Maybe so. With the gruff voice and storytelling prowess of Tom Waits and vocal progressions reminiscent of Jimmy Buffett (of all people), lead singer Paul Johnson really knows how to create a mood. He sets the scene with his powerful lyrics, and the rest of the band skillfully paints in the rest of the story behind him.” ~Brent Fluery, Bold Life

Band Members:

Paul Johnson – Vocals, Guitar
Keith Minguez – Harmonies, Mandolin
Chris Weller – Bass Fiddle
Ben Hunt – Percussion
+special guests

Show details at a Glance:

Johnson’s Crossroad
Jack of the Wood
Friday, August 27th, 2010

8pm, $5, 21+
95 Patton Avenue
Asheville, NC‎ 28801
(828) 252-5445 ext 105
http://www.jackofthewood.com
www.johnsonscrossroad.com

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