His name's borrowed from a Bahamian angler, his songs from a driftwood pile of rhythm and style. "I'm in the moving business," says Bonefish Johnny.
Crossing over between the indie, blues and jamband scenes for years with funk rock act Groove Thangs (signed to Epic, produced by Tom Dowd), eclectic barband Shack Daddys and his live Funky Roots Revue, Bonefish Johnny makes music to move to and be moved by.
It's always been a sound unbound. "How do you put '60's soul, calypso, reggae, blues, swampy New Orleans shuffles, trashy surf music, R&B, rap, funk, go-go, Carolina shag, Elvis and James Brown in the same sentence, let alone the same song?" despaired an early reviewer.
Now considered a genre unto himself, Bonefish Johnny may be lauded throughout the urban swamps of lower Florida but he's still being discovered in the civilized world beyond. His Anthology serves as introduction, but to quote a review of earlier recordings, it "only hints at the live power and appeal and songwriting diversity" of this singular artist.
Latest release "Bonefish Johnny Sings The Blues" finds the bandleader and cohort exploring a lovingly curated set of soulful songs with guest appearances by some of the international blues scene's top talents. The album's faithful renditions of classics and obscurities spiced with edgy originals reflect a keeper of the flame still blazing his own trail.