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Ralph Boyd Johnson

Ralph Boyd Johnson

Singer Songwriter / roots / Indie Rock Calgary, AB, CA  CA
Hit The Deck
Hit The Deck
Adios Santa Rosa
Adios Santa Rosa
Dyin' To Go
Dyin' To Go
Cleanin' House
Cleanin' House


Edens Falling


  • Sat

    Mar 28

    Calgary, AB, CA | 8:00pm

    Ralph Boyd Johnson & the innerCity outlaws

  • Sat

    Jan 31

    Calgary, AB, CA | 8:00pm
  • 2014

    Dec 16

    Calgary, AB, CA | 8:00pm

    Reservations recommended

  • 2014

    Aug 10

    Calgary, AB, CA | 3:00pm

    The Acoustic Guitar Project Final concert with 10 musicians who have each written a song in only 7 days with the same guitar.

  • 2014

    Feb 15

    Calgary, AB, CA | 9:00pm

    New songs...old songs...life songs....all what Ralph does best! Ralph will be playing a "songwriters in the round" set from 8-9 with three other talented singer/songwriters. Following that he will be joined by his Inner City Outlaws: James Kukko, Brian Sovereign, Kevin Sands and Tim Williams (drummer extraordinaire) for two rocking thoroughly kickass sets. Cover $17 Reservations recommended call 403-269-5581 Ralph Boyd Johnson www.ralphboydjohnson.com Ralph has been compared to Steve Earle, Bruce Springsteen and John Prine and is cut from the same cloth as icons Hank Williams Sr., Tom Waits, Lou Reed and the like. Ralph Boyd Johnson is an observer of life who writes songs and poems of every style and genre. His poetry and compelling delivery of the spoken word is what sets him apart from other songwriters. Ralph Boyd Johnson performed with Billy Cowsill for the CMT concert special, Farm Tracks, A Celebration of Roots Music in a line up with Jim Cuddy, Tim Williams, Sue Foley, Stephen Fearing, National Dust and Linda McRae. He has opened for such acts as Jeff Healy and the Matthew Good Band in 1997, Vance Gilbert and Fred Jay Eaglesmith in 1998 and Amos Garrett in 1999. He has shared the stage with the likes of Dave Alvin, Billy Cowsill, Joe Ely, Victoria Williams, Kevin Welch and Blue Rodeo. “Ralph Boyd Johnson is the real deal. You know it when you hear the commitment in his voice. You know he's lived his songs, been down a few dark alleys and come out the other end." - Holger Petersen


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  • Seneca Aura (Artist)
    Seneca Aura
    "Mystery" is a work of art!! Great songwriting, Ralph!
  • Bonnie McGill (Artist)
    Bonnie McGill
    Now THIS is Keeping it COUNTRY STONG I love every song here great voice and kinda a calypso beat ,, ,, Have a great Saturday,,,
  • Chad Loch (Artist)
    Chad Loch
    Excellent Songwriting !
  • Donnie Stovall (Artist)
    Donnie Stovall
    Great lyrics,great songs,,,,,,,
  • Netty Mac (Artist)
    Netty Mac
    Dropping by to get my fix of our amazing local talent.. My fave is 'Hit the Deck'- Vox & BU Fox killer and really dig the production of the song; to me it chugs like a train...



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Jim Kukko



Sounds Like: Steve Earle, Bruce Springsteen, Tom Waits, John Prine, Merle Haggard

Label: independent

Manager: independent

Bio: Ralph Boyd Johnson is a world-class singer-songwriter from Calgary, Alberta, Canada. The title "songwriter" does not clearly define Ralph’s work. He’s a wordsmith, a poet, and an observer of life who writes songs and poems of every style and genre. His poetry and compelling delivery of the spoken...See Full Bio

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"Backed by the Inner City Outlaws, '1723 9 Street SW' acts as a 10-song revue of rootsrock styles and showcases Johnson’s command of songcraft. From the Tex-Mex kick of 'Adios Santa Rosa' to the joyful reggae lilt of 'Blue Bird' to the Tom Waits-inspired, spoken-word jolt of 'Ol’ Black Crow', the album certainly has an air of celebration to it...So it’s not surprising that Cowsill, onetime 1960s teen heartthrob of the family band that The Partridge Family was modelled after, haunts much of 1723 9 Street SW, Johnson’s stunning sophomore disc that pays tribute to his years spent at the house."

— Eric Volmers, Penguin Eggs

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Q: Where so these great lyrics come from? Awesome work.

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