The Johnny O. Band

The Johnny O. Band

 Boulder, Colorado, USA
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The J.O.B. is a dynamic trio of well seasoned musicians who combine well crafted original tunes with powerful guitar and inspirational vocals. The band delivers a hard hitting, high energy blues show that stretches the boundaries of the genre with funk soul and a taste of New Orleans.

Biography

Straight out of Boulder, Colorado, The Johnny O. Band brings its compelling blend of blues, rock, funk and soul to the national music scene. With funky grooves and high energy jams, their music is both captivating and danceable.

The trio blends powerful vocals with soul stirring guitar work and draws on authentic American influences such as jazz and New Orleans street rhythms to create a style of Blues that grabs hold of you and doesn’t let go.

The Johnny O. Band has been called the hardest working band in Colorado. It is a title well earned for they have averaged nearly 150 shows per year for the past 12 years. Experience pays off when it comes to live performance and there is no mistaking this band’s experience when they take the stage.

John Ohnmacht was born in Aspen and has been entertaining Colorado fans for the past 25 years. He founded The Johnny O. Band in 1996 after years of touring nationally and internationally with the Boulder based Band Du Jour. Johnny O. found his true voice after he gravitated towards the Blues in the mid ‘90s. The Johnny O. Band released its first self-titled CD in the fall of 1997. It featured the band's most popular music and included five Johnny O. Band originals. John wrote, arranged and produced the band’s second CD, River In the Sky, which was released in the fall of 2000. This release is now in its third printing. John also wrote, arranged and produced the band’s latest CD, Time For The Turnaround.

Marion Edwards started his drumming and singing career back in 1965. At that time he recorded for RCA and toured as Little Marion and the Heartbeats. From 1977 to 1987 Marion lived in New Orleans, Louisiana. During this period he polished his skills on the drums and backed up some of the great artists in the New Orleans music scene including Gatemouth Brown, Irma Thomas, Harry Conick Jr and Johnny Adams. "I feel extremely fortunate to be working with Marion. He's a world class drummer and vocalist. It's great to play with a guy who has so much on stage experience." J.O.

Ian Anderson hails from Kingston, Jamaica and has performed with Ohnmacht and Edwards as part of The Johnny O. Band trio for the past two years. Before joining the J.O.B. he toured internationally with a number of prominent Reggae acts, but his bass playing style is not limited to that genre. He excels at blues and funk and brings a great flavor to Johnny O’s original works. “I’m very pleased with the way Ian has progressed in the band. He has an interesting style and approach to the bass that really jives well with our sound." J.O.

Lyrics

When the mountain comes down

Written By: John Ohnmacht


In the mind of a teacher
In the heart of a child
In the fist of a creature
A good world gone wild

To hold your breath
To blackin your eye
To spit up the truth
And to swallow the lies

While we never get closer
To what’s movin away
You never feel peace
When you just feel afraid

So what are you gonna do
When the mountain comes down
How you gonna live
With your head spinning round

Just try and hold onto
To what they’re stealin away
Cause when it’s gone
There’ll be nothing to say
When there’s blood in the street
And our flags flyin high
Starvation and hunger
Make a stain on the sky

What’s behind the door
We don’t wanna know
What we dump in the river
we don’t care where if flows

With heartache and anger
Growing in a foreign land
Bad feelings and danger
In the heart of a man

They take a thing called freedom
Wrap it in a lie
Sell it to the people
Who don’t ever ask why

There’s men standin in the shadows
They’re holdin all the cards
And when they get what they need
They’re gonna push it too far
They’re gonna push it too far

What’s behind the door
We don’t wanna know
What we dump in the river
we don’t care where if flows

With heartache and anger
Growing in a foreign land
Bad feelings and danger
In the heart of a man

Standing in the garden

Written By: John Ohnmacht

Standing in the garden
Lookin at the moon
Feel the wind the rain will be comin soon

And I move my feet
And watch the world go by
Then I think of you
Then I move my hand
Try and understand the reasons why
We do the things we do

And it’s a long way
It’s a long way home
And its true what they say
That you can never go
You can never go

Little blue bird watchin the moon
Through a gilded cage
But the door will open soon
Fly with the spirits in the night
Or in the light
her love comes shinin through

And it’s a long way
It’s a long way home
And its true what they say
That you can never go
You can never go

Crescent City People

Written By: John Ohnmacht

Flood water keep on rollin’ Like you done before
Breakin’ all the windows Rollin’ across the floor
Ponchitrain is swollen Mississippi too
Crescent City People Who’s lookin’ out for you..
(groove..)
Well it’s blowin up on Bourbon Floodin on canal
The fairgrounds are under water It’s a mess all over town
Don’t turn your back on the people
You don’t turn your back on a friend
Crescent City People
That city’s gonna rise again

So God damn the people who run this Mess
Leavin those people in Distress for no reason
and God damn the people who run this Show
I just don’t think they’ll ever know Compassion

100,000 displaced people
Mean more that that to you and me
They represent a culture One of the deepest in humanity
They got the Mardi Gras Indian
Who proved when it comes to war
You can achieve peace through music
That’s one thing that’s worth fighting for

So God damn the people who run this Mess
Leavin those people in Distress for no reason
and God damn the people who run this Show
I just don’t think they’ll ever know Compassion

Keepin’ the faith

Written By: John Ohnmacht

Don’t try and hold me down
Stop and listen to freedoms sound
I know you killed the one before
Pretty words to cover up your war
Don’t you try that on me
Somethings gonna come and set us free

Under cover of dark of night
Gonna come and shine freedoms light
Under the rising sun
There’s room for everyone
Every night every break of day
10,000 people pray

Let my sisters be
Set my brothers free (x2)
Keep the faith, keep the faith
Keep the freedom

I hear the drummers in the night
Feel the rhythm in the stone
Like a song bird takes flight
Feathers lighter than a bone

Keep the faith, keep the faith
Keep the freedom

Discography

Time For The Turnaround - 2004
River In The Sky - 2000
The Johnny O. Band - 1997

Our music has been played on KBCO Studio C Boulder, CO; KGNU Boulder, CO and KQMT (99.5 The Mountain) Denver, CO.

Set List

We have a lot of original music so we are able to mix it up between originals and covers. We are also always throwing something new and freash into the set. Here is a list of some of our originals.

Crescent City People
North star
6 feet underground
Old shot gun
Good,good day
To stay in the line
Cold & hungry
Feeli’n good
River in the sky
Time for the turnaround
When the mountain comes down
River rolls
Winter blues
Keep the Faith
Stoney

We also play lots of classic tunes but often put our own spin on them. None the less audiences will recognize a large number of tunes. People will also be turned onto songs they weren’t familiar with by some of their favorite artists. Here is a list of a few of the cover tunes that we may play on any given night.

For the love of a woman
Cold in the hand
Crosscut saw
One more mile
Wrapped up in love
Just the blues
I wonder why
Gotta whole lot of love’n
Why you so mean to me
Brick
She don’t love me, she lo