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Johnny j Rivera with the Honeybadgers..
Sounds Like: Robben Ford Music, Steely Dan, Larry Carlton, Sade
Label: EGR Recordings
Manager: Mario Proenza
Bio: Born in French Camp, Ca. Johnny j Rivera first picked up a guitar at the age of 13. inspired by The Beatles, Earth, Wind and Fire, Albert King, and Heatwave ,Al Jarreau these artists set him on his stylistic journey. Attended Musicians Institute (M.I), where he discovered his passion for blues an...See Full Bio
“January 23, 2011 - Give me something fresh! That's my new mantra for 2011. Even though Johnny J Rivera is more of an R&B/Pop singer (who serves up a healthy helping of Blues in the mix) the singer/guitarist seems to have found a home in Smooth and Contemporary Jazz. Rivera, who lives in Las Vegas, is a huge Beatles fan and it shows in his harmonies. Tunes like 'London' and 'Lady Cab Driver' (the first single) have that 'fresh and clean' feel. They are also reminders that an artist can generously borrow from old musical inspirations and still sound original. Rivera spent some time playing with Norman Brown and like his old buddy singing while playing a crazy-ass guitar comes easy. One of the biggest complaints in Smooth Jazz is the music can be really boring. Something that happens in the name of SMOOTH. The more seasoned players however, aren't really interested in putting anyone to sleep - we have Jennifer Aniston for that. The sense of cool on this album also makes it top-shelf. J”