Johnzo West
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Johnzo West

Los Angeles, California, United States | SELF

Los Angeles, California, United States | SELF
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"Miley Cyrus Does Dylan"

…and she does it really well.

Check out the ex-Hannah Montana’s “You’re Going to Make Me Lonesome When You Go” video below.

I’m working on a long review of the amazing “Chimes of Freedom: The Songs of Bob Dylan Honoring Years of Amnesty International” for tomorrow — the four disc, 75-track set features Dylan covers from Adele, Johnny Cash (with the Avett Brothers), Joe Perry, My Morning Jacket, Elvis Costello, Ziggy Marley, Sugarland, Pete Townshend and loads more more. Almost every track is a cool spin on a classic Dylan track (even Ke$ha’s “Don’t Think Twice, It’s All Right” is shockingly good).

Those who don’t like the idea pop stars doing the rock-era’s greatest songwriter’s tunes can stuff it, says Dylan.

“My assignment (from the Dylan camp) was not to be a snob; it was to be creative and to let everybody do it who wants to do it,” said producer Jeff Ayeroff, who also put together Amnesty’s John Lennon tribute album. “There is no judgment here. We wanted to hear what people could deliver.”

Still…. I’d recommend listening, but not watching the video. The sight of Miley’s painted face singing “You’re Going to Make Me Lonesome When You Go” is just to weird — even if the tune the best country ballad of this young decade. - Boston Herald

"Miley Cyrus featuring Johnzo West 'You're Gonna Make Me Lonesome When You Go'"

Miley Cyrus covered Bob Dylan's "You're Gonna Make Me Lonesome When You Go," and, people, do not laugh as I am completely serious when I muster all of my renown and critical authority (and put my rock-solid reputation as a SERIOUS MUSIC WRITER on the line here) to declare that Miley's cover should absolutely be taken seriously.

Miley's cover is part of the Bob Dylan compilation Chimes of Freedom: The Songs of Bob Dylan Honoring 50 Years of Amnesty International, a four-disc collection that honors Amnesty International's 50th anniversary and pays tribute to Bob Dylan, featuring artists like Ke$ha (who covered "Don't Think Twice It's Alright"), Adele, Pete Townshend, The Airborne Toxic Event and more. (See, we knew Miley was a role model.)

The accompanying video, which was released today and features guitarist Johnzo West, is a muted, pensive affair that focuses far more on the song's sentiment than on Miley the headline maker. It's the polar opposite of flashy Miley affairs like "Can't Be Tamed" or "Party In The USA." (If anything proves that Miley's growing up as a woman and as an artist, covering Dylan -- and doing it quite well -- is it.)

Old-school Bob Dylan fans are probably too busy completing the entire 33? series on their first-gen Kindles or contemplating organic milk to read this, so I probably only have you, Miley fans, to convince that Miley's Dylan cover is worth several listens, and I probably don't have to. Miley covers "You're Gonna Make Me Lonesome When You Go" with all of the mournfulness and dusty sentiment that the classic Dylan song requires, pouring her heart into the track and giving the legend his due instead of simply covering the track and moving on. (It's hard to top the Shawn Colvin version, but Miley comes dangerously close.)

It takes not only guts but cojones the size of wrecking balls to cover Bob Dylan. Miley rose to the occasion, proving she's capable of genres beyond pop and that she thrives vocally in a folk/country environment. I'm now waiting impatiently for that country album, Milers.

"Introducing... Caliana"

"...They happily cite influences as diverse as alt-country, reggae and soul... far from being a sloppy mish-mash though, the four songs are tightly constructed roots-led rockers that demonstrate a nice line in lyrical wordplay and toe-tapping rythms." - Mad Mackerel Blog

"Caliana: Blood, Sweat & Beers"

"...Four melodic rock songs with a country feel taking cues from early seventies Neil Young and the latter day output of The Byrds." - Here Comes The Flood Blog

"New Band Smell: Caliana"

"...Caliana is a shiny new roots band... Lead track Cali Girl is a gentle rocker that reminds me of I See Hawks In LA and no less than Elvis Costello." - My Old Kentucky Blog


Miley Cyrus feat. Johnzo West "You're Gonna Make Me Lonesome When You Go" Amnesty International's 'Chimes Of Freedom' Bob Dylan tribute album (2012)

Johnzo West "The Good Fight" Digital Single (2011)

Johnzo West & Caliana "Blood, Sweat & Beers" EP (2010)

Johnzo West "Bring On The Burden" LP (2009)

The Swell feat. Johnzo West "Say It Like You Mean It" EP (2005)

The Swell feat. Johnzo West "Love Grenade" LP (2004)



Johnzo West was born and raised in the great state of Indiana.

Most recently Johnzo collaborated with Miley Cyrus arranging, playing guitar and singing on 'You're Gonna Make Me Lonesome When You Go' which appears on Amnesty International's 'Chimes Of Freedom' Bob Dylan tribute album. They also shot a video for the song with director James Minchin lll that reached over 1 million views and entered the iTunes Top 100 in the first 48 hours it was released. Miley and Johnzo performed her song 'The Climb' at The Trevor Live event in December 2011 at The Palladium in Hollywood. On February 6th the duo will appear on The Ellen Degeneres Show.

Johnzo has shared the stage with Miley Cyrus, Dickey Betts of the Allman Brothers Band, Jade of Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros, Jackie Greene, Ha Ha Tonka, Toots and the Maytals, Benevento Russo Duo, VHS or Beta, Easy Star All-Stars, Robert Bradley's Blackwater Surprise, Zack Hexum, Rose's Pawn Shop, Leroy Powell, Ari Hest, Patrolled By Radar.


- Appeared in Wacko Maria's Autumn & Winter Catalog (2011)

- Appearance in the film "The Republic of Two" (2011)

- Appeared in Stussy Spring Catalog (2010)

- Live Music Coach on the film "LOL" (2010)