“You can infer a lot about a person's record collection, influences and worldly experiences just from listening to their original songs. You will know if they bothered to dig farther back and listen to the things that inspired their heroes to create. You will know if they ever wandered the world, if they are well traveled. The debut album of Dylan Lee Johnston, Just Like Rain, is the story of a poet traveling through the darkness of the world, seeking out those who can point him towards the light. Just Like Rain is most certainly a worldly collection of songs inspired in equal parts by New Orleans street soul, the ghettos of Kingston, Toots & The Maytals, Tom Waits, Elliott Smith, The Clash, Operation Ivy & a youth spent on the road following the Grateful Dead. "Please Don't Go" is a three chord summer smash. Thumping radio rhythms and pure rock n roll swagger with existential lyrics pushing towards a youthful Carpe Diem.”
"D.L. Johnston music has a physically rough, unpolished quality. On his independent debut album, Hope and Hunger, released in 2012, Johnston keeps things simple. The album was recorded live with upright bass and guitar onto a single microphone, lending the album a living rawness that fits Johnston’s style. Tracks range from rueful to rockabilly, but Johnston’s poeticism is the centerpiece of each..."