The Fabulous HighTops
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The Fabulous HighTops

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The best kept secret in music


"The Fabulous HighTops All Laced Up & Steppin' Out"


The Fabulous Hightops


Well, they step out with a slo-o-ow blues … seems those Converse All Stars are stuck in low gear…. Woops, look out, they done slipped into another gear here; they’re pickin’ up momentum, burnin’ rubber, smokin’ now. Lead guitarist / singer David Johnson wrote the majority of their songs, but they do credible covers of a couple of standards from the

early days of rock ‘n’ roll ("Seventh Son" and "Memphis"). Recorded at Empire Studios in Fayetteville, this album also features slide guitarist Al Halpin, bassist James Petty, drummer Mark Kelly, and keyboards by Darren Ingram. Ingram and JP also add backup vocals. Lot o’ good music comin’ out o’ them there hills….
- Nightflying Magazine


The Fabulous HighTops released thier CD All Laced Up & Steppin' Out in May of 2004. Featuring 3 cover tunes and 8 original tunes by David Johnson or David Johnson and James Petty. The David Johnson Originals 1st Thing In The Mornin', Someone Eles Arms and Gimme Back My Broken Heart can be heard on The King Bisquit Flower Hour with Sonny Payne, The Chef Eddie Blues Review, The Generic Blues Hour University of AR and other college radio shows.


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The Fabulous HighTops were formed by David Johnson, Al Halpin and James Petty after a long stretch with Lectric Liz and LiveWire. When Liz decided she didnot wish to tour. The addition of Frank O'Brien on Hammond B3 and Jim McCoy on Drums gave The Band the energy that matched David Johnson's vision as a songwritter.
David Johnson, vocals and lead guitar, has been described as a crooner whose voice is second only to his ability to play guitar. Johnson has traveled across the US since he was 18 years old, sharing the stage with musicians such as good friend Alligator Recording Artist Michael Burks, Bob Margolin, Kim Wilson, Taj Mahal, Billy Gibbons and others throughout the years.
Al "BIG AL" Halpin has graced the stages in New York and the rest of the US playing his electric slide and lead guitar work since he was a teenager. David and BIG AL have been playing together for the last 6 years.
James "JP" Petty has been David's writing partner and bassist for the last 20 years and has shared the stage with the same great names has David plus Molly Hatchett and Marshall Tucker Band.
Jim McCoy is the newest addition to the Fabulous HighTops and has been the Drummer for Molly Hatchett and Locally Smiley Died.
Frank O'Brien adds his Allman Bros. style Hammond B-3 sound to round out the sound of the Fabulous HighTops and has been a local Favorite for 3 years.
Together these five make up the unmistakable sound of the Fabulous HighTops.