Joe Johnson is MOUNTAINDAWG. A Sonoma County, California Singer, Songwriter, Musician and Artist, composing his own music since he was 16 years old. His original music is described as "heartfelt rock", first by his fan's, and now it is his trademark phrase. His melodic Guitar work garners him the attention of many a rock fan, and blues fans alike, with his moving vocals and lyrics captivating hearts and minds.
Mountaindawg's mission is sharing heartfelt messages of Love, Peace, and Freedom through his original music. He is having a blast doing just that! This Artist has been performing 20+ years at venues, Festivals, private events across the nation, playing Electric & Acoustic Guitars, Mandolin, DoBro, and singing, with various other musicians and bands, and, sometimes, Solo.
In recent years he was a performer at the 40th Anniversary Monterey Pop & Summer of Love Concert, and at Gumby's 50th Birthday Celebration, (filmed for TV). Mountaindawg also has music in film, and is part of a collaboration of sorts on a song with Willie Nelson, Amy Nelson, and the Peace Research Institute.
Mountaindawgs's rhythm section is Freddie Araiza and Erik "Erok" Deste. Freddie's intense drumming innovations help make Mountaindawg music stand out. He has been a percussion fan since he could crawl, started playing Bongos at the age of seven, and Drums in Middle School. Erok's virtuosic approach with the Bass Guitar more than holds down the bottom end. He offers Mountaindawg music intensity and variety. Kelly Ann joins in on backup vocals on a few songs, adding a sweet female voice to the already addictive original music.
Mountaindawg IS heartfelt Rock, music that will move your soul (and your feet).