Stumps: the new album from Pat Johnson

Pat Johnson Music

Stumps

Release Date: 2018

Stumps – commentary on popular culture that I live in regionally, globally, in the cosmos.  Observations on behaviour is the theme that connects the seemingly scattered moods of these songs.  Working with the futility of being creative and what it is to share the product of that creativity. What does it mean to write a song?  What does it mean to listen to music?  Does it mean anything at all?  I could have just shared a meme – I choose music.

"It's wonderful roots collection. Loved the diversity! A real showcase of your musicianship and songwriting. It's fun how it goes from delta blues to surf to rock blues to front porch and beyond. A very strong album."

— Bryan Klausing, Acoustic Rainbow

Hard Pushin’ Papa

Release Date: 2009

Imagine Blind Lemon Jefferson met up with John Philip Sousa on his way to the Blue Note. Down home toe-tapping acoustic roots music performed on TUBA, mandolin, slide guitar and drums.

"A sort of crossing between the legendary Hot Tuna and Leon Redbone as this trio can surely play pre-war blues very well but with the attitude of a (small) band from the early times of jazz."

— Massimo Ferro, Italy www.highway61.it

"These guys are really talented."

—Steve Purtelle ~ www.theacousticgrill.com

Pitchin’ Day

Release Date: 2016

Pat’s second record, Pitchin’ Day, has a rural rock feel somewhere between Mississippi John Hurt and Tom Petty, or Mance Lipscomb and Stephen Stills.

"The CD opens with a tribute to Warren Zevon, "Old Velvet Nose" and another number is definitely worth mentioning "Baby Surely Do", a nice number of Delta blues played with bottleneck and mandolin. But the nicest number on this CD for my part is "Broken Tooth", a funny story about looking for places to play "gigs" with a slide (!!!) throughout the whole number. Humour is indeed the fine-spun thread throughout the whole CD, the songs are simple, funny and subtle. As a guitarist Pat Johnson stands as his own man and is a master of "Piedmont fingerpicking". So for the lovers of fingerpicking blues and folk music this CD is definitely worth listening to."

— Rootstime – Belgium

"Please don't copy this CD" is conscientiously written on the backside of this CD. Indeed I think that these independent artists are very vulnerable and can use every penny they can get. This singer-songwriter from the rural Ontario (Ca) describes in 'Broken Tooth' in great detail the thin line between success and starve to death (indeed sometimes one has to bring himself in situations one does not like at all, but as a must to keep one's head above water). And yet I don't expect that Pat Johnson will have to humiliate himself too much to sell his product, because he writes nice songs, which are balancing on the line between folk and blues. Pleasant, entertaining, sometimes funny songs.. The music is non- pretentious and varied; however not resulting in a topper as to the latest commercial standard, but for sure in an utmost sympathetic result."

— Rein van den Berg for Real Roots Cafe

"Pat Johnson's "Pitchin' Day" is the kind of CD release radio stations love to receive...great tunes from beginning to end, wonderful musicianship, and fantastic sound quality. Pat is a passionate musician who is fiercely committed to the music that he plays, and it shows every time he picks up his guitar."

— Joel Hurd, Production Manager, North Country Public Radio

Town Boredom Built

Release Date: 2003

Is Pat’s debut release and features 11 original songs ranging in style from the Classic Piedmont single entendre blues of “Stinky Woman Blues” (yes it’s a love song), the angry hillbilly reggae of “26 Years” and a beatnik gumshoe groove on “Pocket Full Of Dirt”.  A healthy personal vibe was created by enlisting only great friends and great musicians such as; Rob Joanisse (Bran Van 3000), Guy Kay (Luba, Cirque du Soleil), Chris DeZordo (Producer, Veronica Speedwell) and Matthew “Tuba” Wilson.

Radar Screen Instrumental Song of the Year:

Pat Johnson – “Cottage Slide”

"This guitar-based instrumental track is a joy to listen to. The relaxing melodies and its bluesy feel fit perfectly when you’re watching the snow fall on a crisp winter day. Johnson plays the slide guitar like the lost art that it is. Ever so carefully, yet forceful at times. This track is among the highlights of his record Songs from the Town Boredom Built."

— Radar Screen

"...he plays with warmth and humour ... written with talent and wit. Highly recommended!"

— Petra Graber, The Good Food Co., Carleton Place

"Perfect for a lazy Saturday afternoon is Canadian export Pat Johnson's Song's from the Town Boredom Built. Straight forward simple blues is hard to do – and while everyone tries to give you the 2 a.m. juke joint jumping blues sound, Pat Johnson gives you the music at its roots – very much in the Keb' Mo' style. While songs like "26 Years" and "Asbestos Sky" feature poignant lyrics, the instrumental "Cottage Slide" is what music is all about."

— Radar Screen

"If you were to rifle through rural Ontario native Pat Johnson’s music collection, I’m betting you would find the Rolling Stones and Ry Cooder well represented. I assume this from Johnson’s vocal inflections, guitar style, and the lumpy feel herein. Rather than sounding derivative, however, Johnson seems to have something happening that’s purely his own. If you like music that seems to have been conceived on a country front porch, this is for you, right down to the tuba, slide guitar, and sometimes curious ("My Own Man") and always organic drum parts. It’s a humble CD, pleasing in its simplicity."

— Muzik Etc. by T. Bruce Wittet

"Pat Johnson knows a thing or two about style. The blues loving singer-songwriter from Brockville, ON has crafted an admiral debut that runs the gamut from angry hillbilly reggae to Beatnik gumshoe groove. Johnson's clean finger-style guitar gives the bluesier material a Mississippi John Hurt sort of charm and his lyrics are humorous and entertaining. What really makes this debut stand out though is the addition of what might be the most stylish of all instruments — the tuba. The duets between the tuba and guitar found here would surely make even Taj Mahal crack a smile."

Brent Hagerman, Exclaim!

Beginning Fingerstyle Arranging & Technique for Guitar

(Book & CD)

This supplement to Beginning Fingerstyle Guitar is a perfect companion to any starter method and can also stand alone as a fingerstyle instruction manual for anyone wanting to arrange for solo guitar. Topics include monotonic bass, walking bass, block chords, changing keys, changing time signatures, chord substitutions, secondary dominants, a variety of picking patterns, and techniques like harmonics, slides, hammer ons and pull offs, all covered in a friendly, easy to understand manner.

The music is shown in standard notation and TAB and demonstrated on the CD.

"Have you ever wanted to play your favourite songs using fingerstyle method but cannot find the piece written for guitar anywhere? This book will help you to arrange your own guitar pieces. The other simpler book you should try to get is "Building Guitar Arrangements From The Ground Up" by Muriel Anderson. But you do need to know some basic music and chord theories plus the use of software music editors like "Finale" to enable you to write, edit, transpose or change keys at a click of the button. I would recommend this book. Once you learnt the basics of guitar arrangements, you probably need not buy a whole lot of guitar books that end up on the shelves because they are not playable or you have not reach the author's guitar playing level to tackle the pieces. The advantange of re-arranging your own guitar pieces is that you would be able to play them easily as it is your own arrangements and your very own fingering which you are comfortable with."

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