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JOHNNY & THE MONGRELS

Johnny & The Mongrels is a Colorado/Louisiana-based project that draws upon a variety of musical influences, whose sound has been described as "Swamp Funk & Bayou Soul."

Johnny & The Mongrels' debut album, “Creole Skies,” co-produced by music industry veteran Joe Michaels (Ivan Neville, Chris Jacobs, Shaun Murphy, Bonerama, Charlie Wooten) & Guitarist Scott Sharrard (Greg Allman Band) was released in July 2020 with exceptional reviews; - “Mongrels music” is highly influenced by the grooves and feel of New Orleans, but the songs tell stories as well, as they are sung and played from the heart, giving them a depth and authenticity all their own.
- "Johnny & The Mongrels make their presence felt profoundly on Creole Skies. Its strengths are manifold, its music meaningful and built to last, and Ryan as the messenger will not be denied. Creole Skies is operating on a whole different level, at once familiar, fresh and true to the human experience. When they sing and play, and it all comes together, you believe them. What a beautiful thing.” -David McGee, DEEP ROOTS.

"CREOLE SKIES" features a heavy-hitting lineup of veteran rock and R&B musicians, including guitarist Sharrard, keyboardist Bill McKay (Derek Trucks Band, Leftover Salmon), drummer Eddie Christmas (New Orleans Suspects, Jon Cleary, The Black Crowes), along with guest musicians Roddie Romero, Charlie Wooton and Lee Allen Zeno. The album was recorded at the famous Dockside Studio in Maurice, Louisiana, home to eight Grammy-winning albums.

The band has received many accolades including:

• 5 Independent Blues Awards Nominations 2021.

• Nominated in 6 categories & accepted by the Recording Academy’s 1st voting ballot for consideration for the 63rd Grammy Awards.

• 2019’s Mile High Blues Society's International Blues Challenge Champion.

Having played prominent venues and music festivals nationwide since 2015, Johnny & The Mongrels have shared the stage with national touring artists: Scott Sharrard (Greg Allman), George Porter Jr (Meters), Ivan Neville (Dumpstaphunk), Bob Malone (John Fogerty), Roddie Romero, New Orleans Suspects, Samantha Fish, Melvin Seals, Billy Iuso and Marc Broussard to mention a few.  

Currently, with the additions of James H. Dumm on guitar and percussionist Shaun Gilmour, Johnny & The Mongrels continue to spread their Swamp Funk & Bayou Soul gospel across the US.

The summer of 2022 brings the sophomore album from the band entitled Magnolia & Pine; produced by JoeBaby Michaels & recorded back at Dockside Studio. Magnolia & Pine features the incomparable Eddie Christmas on drums, James Dumm on guitar, Phil Breen on keys as well as special guest Cory Ledet bringing his Acadianan flavor to the record on squeeze box, washboard, keytar & congas! 

Johnny & The Mongrels graciously move into 2022-23 with a record contract & publishing deal for Magnolia & Pine with Sony Records affiliate Bent River Records and The Orchard; as well as securing the top notch national management services of Emily VanderWiel of Loose Leaf Talent Agency to take the band to the next level in the industry. 

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