THE JOHNSON FAMILY BAND
Nostalgia pop meets Detroit late 60s rock in a deep space musical exploration. Pointillistic funk rhythms beneath playful, potent lyrics and spun glass guitar squalls. The Johnson Family Band will snap you from your slumber and let the light of truth energize you.
Formed in the basement of a Baltimore row home, with guitarist Joan Sullivan (formerly of Quattracenta- current The Selkies and Juliett Class (NYC)) and actress Michal Roxie Johnson (195 Lewis,Toll Booth) the two crafted seamless songs highlighting Roxie’s adeptness for lyrical wordplay and her ability to capture the vast range of human emotions in text. Steve Johnson, of 2020 Tapes and Records and Baltimore’s famed Blue Heaven, was recruited to play bass. Eventually drummer and classically trained daf performer Kamyar Arsani (Time is Fire) rounded out the Johnson family-giving them their signature pulsating rhythms .
In October of 2020, the group recorded their first 7 song debut EP titled Know Wisdom- with Don Godwin (Guache, Too Free) at Tonal Park in Takoma Park. Don’s wide-spanning musical taste is evident in the recordings and showcases the diverse backgrounds and influences of each member. As the world opens back up be prepared to take in the live sounds of The Johnson Family Band. Scream! Shout! And arise earthlings!
“…blending old-school and new for an exciting and engaging record to set on repeat.”Big Takeover