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Jay Jesse Johnson started playing guitar at the age of 10 and was soon performing at local dances, events and nightclubs. Born in rural Indiana, Johnson grew up listening to the blues and early rock & roll masters, which influenced his guitar and vocal style.

After moving to the East coast, Johnson began performing and recording with some of the best in the industry. He appeared on MTV with the band, “Arc Angel” and their hit single, “Tragedy” (CBS/Portrait records).

Johnson went on to be the guitarist and songwriter for the band Deadringer (Grudge/BMG records), which included Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame inductees, Neal Smith and Dennis Dunaway from Alice Cooper; Joe Bouchard from Blue Oyster Cult and vocalist, Charlie Huhn (Ted Nugent, Foghat).

In Sept. 2015, Jay Jesse Johnson was featured with Robert Cray, Canned Heat and Joe Bonamassa in The Blues magazine’s cover CD. It features “Ghosts In Texas” from Johnson’s 5th solo album, “Set The Blues On Fire”.

Johnson was featured in 2013 on The Blues magazine’s “Cream Of Contemporary Blues” cover CD. He was signed to Shrapnel Records/Blues Bureau International in 2012, with the release of “Run With The Wolf”. In 2010, Johnson was featured in “Classic Rock” magazine on the CD “Bluesbreakers” (The Hottest New Blues/Rock).

In 2009, Jay Jesse Johnson released his third solo CD titled “Play That Damn Guitar” on Grooveyard Records, a “must have” for Guitar fans everywhere.  Previous solo releases include “I’ve Got An Axe To Grind” featuring Charlie Huhn (Foghat) and “Strange Imagination” featuring BJ Zampa (Dokken, House of Lords).

Johnson has shared the stage with guitar greats, Johnny Winter, Robin Trower, Rick Derringer, Pat Travers and super groups, Black Sabbath, Foghat, Fabulous Thunderbirds and Jefferson Starship to name a few. He currently tours with his band, “The Jay Jesse Johnson Band”. A musical powerhouse that features Reed Bogart-Bass, Jeff “Smokey” Donaldson-Drums and Lee Evans on Hammond B3.

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