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Mountaindawg

Guerneville, California, United States | SELF

Guerneville, California, United States | SELF
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"A Peaceful Solution Mountaindawg"

excerpt: Mountaindawg’s version is big, bold and beautiful. Joe “Jodawg” Johnson makes it sound like “A Peaceful Solution” belongs in the coastal mountains of Northern California.
* FULL ARTICLE: Joe “Jodawg” Johnson, AKA Mountaindawg left a comment on the Willie Nelson Peace Video Contest post. We do our best to keep up with all the comments and are very glad we caught this one.
Joe “Jodawg” Johnson wrote, “Powerful words. I saw this earlier this week for the first time, when you posted the article about Alan Moore, Butterflies, and the Musicians & Fine Artists for Peace. I immediately was inspired to make my own version. I took it to the recording studio last night.”
And he left a link to Mountaindawg’s version of “A Peaceful Solution”.
If you haven’t clicked a link yet to hear it then all I have to say is, “What are you waiting for?” The vocals, arrangement and performance prove that Mountaindawg’s trademark phrase “Heartfelt Rock ‘n’ Roll” is no empty promise.
Mountaindawg’s version is big, bold and beautiful. Joe “Jodawg” Johnson makes it sound like “A Peaceful Solution” belongs in the coastal mountains of Northern California. That really shouldn’t come as a surprise because that is where Mountaindawg’s home is.
Guerneville (pronounced Gurn-ville only tourists say Gur-nee-ville) is a town in the scenic Russian River Valley. This is Redwood country. Mountaindawg’s sound reminds me of mountains, rivers and big trees.
One of the best things about this contest project is how each musician not only personalizes “A Peaceful Solution” but also localizes it to their environment. I’m keeping a play list and love to hear all the versions back to back. Hearing the different versions takes me on a musical tour of not only the United States but also across the Atlantic to Europe.
Jodawg’s mission is sharing heartfelt messages of Love, Peace, and Freedom through his original Mtndawg music. We are very glad he has spent the time and energy to record his version of “A Peaceful Solution.” As both the band leader and an accomplished solo performer, Jodawg has a lot to contribute musically.
Joe “Jodawg” Johnson is a singer, songwriter, musician and artist. He has been playing and composing his own music since he was 16 years old. His current project includes him playing Electric & Acoustic Guitars, Mandolin, Resonator (similar to a DoBro) and singing Vocals, in addition to playing some keyboards and percussion once in awhile. Jodawg’s moving music has a way of touching people, spreading smiles.
Joe “Jodawg” Johnson wrote, “Thank you for this chance to help spread a meaningful message through the power of SONG. Music is the universal language.”
Thank you, Joe “Jodawg” Johnson for sharing your version of A Peaceful Solution. - Willie Nelson Peace Research Institute


"Local, Live and Wired (on coffee, that is)"

The entertainment scene around town has grown. Coffee Bazaar is now offering some great frozen beverage options; but the best news is that they are also now hosting live music by Mountaindawg on the first and third Thursday of the month. Playing Electric & Acoustic Guitars, Mandolin, Resonator (like a DoBro) and singing vocals, in addition to playing some keyboards and percussions on a few songs, he also performs solo, acoustically. Jodawg has been performing 16+ years at numerous venues, Festivals, private events. Jodawg's songs have easily understood lyrics. Galvanic music that is original, melodic and guitar based. Both serious and fun songs that are uplifting, addictive and dance-able. Mountaindawg is gaining popularity fast. Fans ages range from 2 to 92, with the crowd often including multiple generations of the same families! Live performances are fun filled and memorable, leaving fans wanting more.

Jodawg has played Lead Guitar and Mandolin for various bands, including: Feast of Friends (Hard Rock), Nunda Sisters (Melodic Rock), plus for 2 Sonoma County Folk Rock bands, Peggy Day & The Gypsy Knights, and Eric's Road Band with legendary Dickie Peterson of BLUE CHEER. Mtndawg (Joe Johnson) performed solo-acoustic on the 2006 live morning radio shows at Northern California's High Sierra Music Festival each morning, and will return to perform on Grizzly Radio in 2007. He currently has a song being played on several national radio stations. He has also been a regular performer at several Annual Festivals, including Oregon's Blackberry Arts Festival, The Hemp Faire in Occidental, Key West Florida's Sunset Celebration, Sonoma County Black Bart Days, Russian River 4th of July Festivities, All Veterans Reunion at the Mendocino County Fairgrounds, Guerneville Plaza Farmers Market, and the Santa Rosa Downtown Market & Street Faire. With a CD Release coming up his music is sure to be a hit.

Now for the fans of Open Mic Nights at the Bazaar hosted by Twice Told Books, they are still going. On the second and fourth Thursdays of the month. This is a great time to listen to some of our local musicians, poets and other performers from around West Sonoma County - Russian River Times: River Dish with Mz. Alice Dee


Discography

>>"Mountaindawg" is the title of the first self released CD. This CD was self produced in 2002, by Joe Johnson. All of the 9 songs are mostly Joe, multi-tracked on various instruments, and singing, with Mark Eads on Bass Guitar, + with guest musicians. 2381 were sold to the general public at shows and via mail order, and 119 were included as free inserts in promotional packets. This limited CD has been discontinued.
>>"Wonder" a 2002 music video by Mountaindawg & Dirt Road Productions. The audio used for this music video is from the 2002 Mountaindawg CD. The video was filmed on the mountain that Joe Johnson lives on, and also near where Mountaindawg and Recording/Sound Engineer, Mark Eads, operated Dirt Road Studios from 2003-2009.
>>Recorded performances from 2008 and 2009 are currently being played and streamed on KGGV-LP 95.1, The Bridge, a Guerneville, California Radio station. These performances were part of KGGV's "Live From The Performing Arts Center" series, plus outdoor concert series "15 Fridays of Summer", and, also, the Kit Mariah's "Locals Live" Show.
>>Recorded performances from a streaming live show in October 2010 have airplay on KOWS radio 107.3 FM, a community radio station in Occidental, California.
>>"Mountaindawg-Demo" is the title of the 2nd CD released. 3 songs total were included on this 2003 Mountaindawg Demo CD. It was recorded at Dirt Road Studios, and produced by Mark Eads and Joe Johnson, and Engineered by Mark Eads. Mountaindawgs Demo CD was FREE to Fan Club members, with 3000 given out for free at Mountaindawg concerts in 2003.
>>"Handmade" is the title of the first of 2 upcoming CD releases planned for later this year. With 10 original Mtndawg songs played electric, accompanied by Bass Guitarist, Mark Eads, and Drummer, Fast Freddie Dean. The second CD is titled "Mostly Solo Joe". This is a collection of originals, plus 2 of his fans favorite "Mtndawg style" cover songs, plus 2 songs that were collaborations. All recordings are mostly Joe, multi tracked, including on Guitar, Mandolin, and Dobro.

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Joe Johnson is Mountaindawg. A singer, songwriter, musician and artist, composing his own music since he was 16 years old. This Artist's mission is sharing messages of Love, Peace, and Freedom through his original heartfelt music. He is having a blast doing just that!
Playing Electric & Acoustic Guitars, Mandolin, DoBro and singing, in addition to playing some keyboards, Bass Guitar, Drums and Percussion, Mountaindawg currently performs Solo more often than not. When booked as a band, Mountaindawg has various talented Musicians that perform with him. He has performed many times as a Duo, Trio, or 4-piece Band. It depends on the preference of the event.
Mountaindawg Joe recently started playing Lead Guitar for Bo Gypsy, new Sonoma County rockers in 2011. Bo Gypsy is comprised of 5 Musicians, including Bob "Bo" Gorell, also a talented Singer/Songwriter, that plays Guitar and Harmonica. Bob has a large catalog of originals, and enjoys sharing his own fun renditions of favorite cover songs. Band members include Drummer, Crisco Janda; Bass Guitarist, Mark Williams, and Nathalie Gorell on Keyboards and Vocals.
Mtndawg Joe has been performing 16+ years at numerous venues, Festivals, and private events across the nation. Including Solo Acoustic on the morning Radio shows at Californias' High Sierra Music Festival several years, and, as a full rock band, at Oregons Blackberry Arts Festival annually 2003-2009. In recent years he was a Guest Announcer and Performer at the 40th Anniversary Monterey Pop Festival & Summer of Love Concert, and at Gumby's 50th Birthday Celebration, (filmed for TV), plus he also managed, plus headlined one of the music stages, at the 3 day long 2008 Harmony Festival in Sonoma County, California.
Mountaindawg music is "Heartfelt", galvanic original Guitar based music that is melodic, and has easily understood lyrics. Both serious and fun songs that are uplifting, addictive & dance-able. Fans ages range from 2 to 92, with the crowd often including multiple generations of the same families! Live performances are fun filled and memorable, leaving you wanting more.
Mtndawg Joe has played Lead Guitar, and Mandolin in various bands, including: Feast of Friends (Hard Rock), Peggy Day (Folk Rock), and, more recently, with legendary Bass Guitarist, Dickie Peterson of "Blue Cheer", in Eric's Road Band (Folk Rock). He also did a collaboration of sorts on the song "Peaceful Solution", with Willie Nelson and Willies daughter, Amy, that you can read about on Willie Nelsons Peace Research Institute website.
Mountaindawg currently has music being played on National Radio, and has music featured in an Independent Film, "Sequoia Blue", that toured the Film Festival circuit a few years back. He has been a musical & interview guest on various Public Radio and Television stations, and has had several radio performances streamed Live, on the Internet. International Radio Airplay is being planned, as Mountaindawg has fans in over 26 countries outside of the USA.