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Johnny Mainstream / Bio

Johnny Mainstream is a five-piece “Americana” act out of Manchester, CT. Born in the Marist College dormitories of songwriter Matthew Maynes and bassist Dan Garaffa, Johnny Mainstream began writing honest folk songs inspired by Bob Dylan, Bright Eyes, and Kevin Devine, but infused with the punk rock ideals on which each was raised.

After graduation in 2007, Maynes and Garaffa returned to CT with the Johnny Mainstream brand intact. Through continual exposure at local venues like the Main
Pub and Grady Tavern in Manchester CT, Johnny Mainstream began to amass a small following from fans, as well as the attention of other local musicians. High school friend and Manchester native Laura Conover joined the duo to fill out the vocals (“the June Carter Cash to Maynes’ Johnny”). Fans-turned-members, Brendan Donnelly and local mainstay and “Flu” alum Michael James Anderson now round out the group on drums and lead guitar respectively.

In 2010 Johnny Mainstream attracted the attention of CT based Sling Slang Records and immediately began laying the groundwork for what would be their first
studio full-length and label release: “Shipwrecked!”

Shipwrecked! was released on February 5th 2011. The band went back into the studio in 2012 to begin work on their follow up full-length album "Ghost Broadway" which will be released on Tuesday, March 12th, 2013.

General Info

Band Members
Matthew Maynes, Dan Garaffa, Brendan Donnelly, Michael James Anderson, Laura Conover
Artist Name
Johnny Mainstream
Home Page
Active Since
Indie / Americana / Folk Rock

Contact Info

Manchester, CT