The Johnny Possum Band
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The Johnny Possum Band

Christchurch, Canterbury, New Zealand | Established. Jan 01, 2005 | SELF

Christchurch, Canterbury, New Zealand | SELF
Established on Jan, 2005
Band Americana Folk


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"What the audience heard"

I had not heard you before and my friend just told me there was some bluegrass band on, thought I would take a chance. What a delight when you kicked in and I realised how shit kicking great you are. Wonderful energy, beautiful harmonies, good and tight on your chops & changes but nice and relaxed too - Johnny Possum

"Americana back to Americans"

Coming all the way from New Zealand to bring Americana back to Americans! You better believe it! These guys have combined their own style of alt-folk with the best of americana to create an infectious, captivating style that had us all singing along. This band could very well be your next favorite band. - WDVX


  • Tickets [2007]
  • Twister [2008]
  • Live at the Harbour Light CD [2009]
  • Live at the Harbour Light DVD [2009]
  • High Lights 2005-2009 [2010]
  • Short Summer [2012]
  • Short Summer: The Mayes Mix [2014]
  • Love & Truth [2014]



Since 2005, The Johnny Possum Band has been delivering their own brand of Americana/alt-country music.

From performances throughout New Zealand, to appearances on USA TV Shows, the band has developed a solid fan base and following.

The band’s debut CD, ‘Tickets’ released in 2006 featured the band performing mainly traditional bluegrass tunes in their own style and was a finalist for a 2007 New Zealand Music Award for best Country Music Album, and their first original single, ‘Bluegrass Saved the Earth’ was a finalist for Country Music Single of the year.

The band delivered its 2nd CD, ‘Twister’, in 2008. Building on strong Americana roots this recording branches out and incorporates the band’s own strong original musical offerings and sees the sound of the band begin to reflect influences from bluegrass, folk, Irish, old time and even a hint of rockabilly.

In 2009 the band released their 3rd CD, ‘Live at the HarbourLight’ this time with a live DVD. They recorded a live performance at their favourite theatre of old favourites and also plenty of previously unrecorded material. The CD has 15 of the tracks while the DVD has all 27 tracks on it. The recording truly captures the Possums at their best playing live to an enthusiastic audience. It’s particularly important now as the HarbourLight Theatre was destroyed in an earthquake on 22 February 2011.

They released their first compilation CD ‘High Lights 2005-2009‘ in 2010. It features all the best studio and live tracks from the first three CD’s.

They released their 5th CD, Short Summer, featuring mainly original material in February 2012. This recording showcases a maturing approach to song writing and how the band is redefining their style. It marks a strong shift towards the Americana genre while still recognising the bands musical roots in other folk styles.

The band released their 6th CD, ‘Love & Truth, in 2014 featuring a new line up, new songs and a new sound. This time they are fully exploring their Americana and Folk music roots, with 8 original songs and 3 covers.

The band has played extensively throughout New Zealand at festivals, events and their own tours. They have also gained international exposure with four  mini tours of the USA in 2007, 2008, 2012 & 2014. While in the USA they received the ‘Rising Legends’ Award from the National Old Time Country and Bluegrass Association and have played at such world renowned venues as Music City Roots in Nashville (TV Appearance), Music on the Square, Song of the Mountains in Marion (TV Appearance), and the Blue Plate Special in Knoxville.