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Johnny Jailbird and his Misdemeanor / Press

“JOHNNY JAILBIRD AND HIS MISDEMEANOR Johnny Janot can be found on any given night slinging ink at Santa Fe Tattoo Parlor in Beaumont. You will recognize him instantly by his waxed handlebar mustache. The good citizens of Beaumont also know him as Johnny Jailbird, where on any other given night he can be found clad in an orange prison jumpsuit, strumming a shiny axe and commencing to beat the hell out of a big-ass silver bass drum with a big-ass Edelbrock sticker affixed to it. He's a self-taught student of what he likes to call the "jailbird style," a shaka-shaka big beat backed by a raspy voice that comes screaming through a homemade telephone mike. At live shows he might even break out a shank or throw Ramen noodles at the crowd, prison style. It's telling that his dad is none other then Johnny Janot Sr., the late, great king of Louisiana rockabilly, where booze, blues and barking dogs rule. Get ready for intense non-stop bluesy rock with a little son-of-a-gun and I'll-be-damned thro”

“Of the 14 hours of music at the recent OTI Fest at Tequila Rok, I made it through six ā€” and of those six hours I caught, I can say without a doubt that Johnny Jailbird and his Misdemeanor completely stole the show. Taking the stage in an orange jumpsuit with a guitar, kick drum and a telephone receiver in lieu of a mic, Santa Fe Tattoo Parlor artist Johnny Janot (known to most as Johnny Johno) filled the room with filthy, pounding energy. With a percussive style of guitar playing and raspy vocals screaming through the phone, Janot played intense, bluesy rock with ample references to booze, drugs and all the classic rock ā€™nā€™ roll motifs. He even played a few songs by his father Johnny Janot, Sr., the late rockabilly and Cajun musician who is often called the King of Louisiana Rockabilly. ”

Beth Rankin - Cat5