Trey Johnson
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Thank you, Trey Johnson. Thanks for giving Dallas yet another reason to be so proud of its underrated music scene. Right from the start, Mount Pelée captivates. Sounding like a distant relative of Sorta (Trey’s previous band), the disc is both familiar yet fresh. It’s also more mature than anything Trey has released to date, which is nice. Since the aging hipsters that grooved to Sorta’s songs a decade ago now have families and regular 9 to 5’s, they need a balladeer that can speak about their post-bar and beer college days.

Sorta was Dallas’ answer to Wilco, but Trey’s solo disc sprinkles that alt-country sound on just a few songs for flavor. Most lean more towards earlier influences, such as Bob Dylan and The Beatles. Acoustic guitars take a backstage to a softly stroked piano, making for a very mellow disc.The best tracks are “Old Reactions” and “Bragging Type.” Of course, it’s hard to find fault with any of the eleven songs found on this 44-minute masterpiece. - Harder Beat by Jason Janick



The former lead singer goes solo on Mount Pelée , his debut that has all original songs. The disc, which just arrived in stores, is a sometimes-somber, sometimes-lilting and always-compelling set of 11 tracks that walk the fine lines separating pop from country from rock.

Johnson plays guitar and piano on the airy, uncluttered record while being backed by

the five members of local instrumental band Shibboleth. He travels through bouncy pop ("Bragging Type"); lovely balladry ("Lucky When Someone Loves You"); roots rock ("Flatter Yourself"); and forlorn, plaintive dirge ("Bottle of Rum"). The Dallas resident, a husband and father of two children, sounds refreshed and mature in his new creative outlet. - Dallas Morning News By Mario Tarradell / Music Critic


Discography

Trey Johnson- Mount Pelee -2009

Sorta -Sorta -2008
Sorta- Strange and Sad but True -2006
Sorta- Little Bay- 2004
Sorta- Laugh Out Loud -2002
Sorta- More Myth - 2002
Sorta- Plays for Lovers - 2001

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After a decade of fronting the Dallas Based band Sorta, Trey Johnson releases Mount Pelèe, a mix of piano ballads, love songs, and pop tunes. Arranged and produced by Don Cento and Stuart Sikes, Mount Pelèe is clever, and at times despairing. Outstanding tracks include: Unfavorable Way, a 12/8 romp with a delightful horn arrangement; Bragging Type, a pop song with a nod to the Beatles; A Struggle to Find, a lilting waltz, and The Radio, a piano and vocal lament that holds it's cards close to the vest.
Johnson's work in SORTA included the release of four full-length recordings (Summer Break, FTG), multiple awards, and television/film placements including MTV and the ABC drama The Unit.
In the year following the tragic death of Sorta bandmate Carter Albrecht, and the release of the bands final eponymous album, Johnson began composing these songs primarily on the piano. Songs played to his children took shape and a new direction was discovered. Mount Pelèe is a memorable collection of songs that signals limitless possibilities.
As Johnson prepares to perform this group of songs he's in good company: Don Cento and his Band of Merry Men, Shibboleth. Rich Martin, keys; James Driscoll, bass; Matt Kellum, Drum set.