Ponderosa Breeze / Press

“They sound like Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers. only better songs!”

“Earlier this month, Ponderosa Breeze took first place over "heavy hitters" Shybo, Game 6 and Frankie Hernandez in a semifinal round of the second annual Rising Stars competition at South Stage Cellars. The local Americana trio, which is barely a year old, will advance to the April 26-27 finals, where it will compete against five other finalists before a Britt Festivals panel of judges for a shot at the grand prize — a slot as an opener on Britt Festivals' prestigious main stage, $1,000, a recording session at Blackstone Audio and a radio show with Jefferson Public Radio In preparation, the band — guitarist Larry West, guitarist and banjoist Franklin Jonez and keyboardist Gus Johnson — is rehearsing three to four hours twice per week, in addition to playing at 5:30 p.m. Sundays at Blue — Greek on Granite, 5 Granite St., Ashland. All three musicians met in the mid-'90s through the Southern Oregon Songwriters Association.”

“Gus Johnson and his Jacksonville -based country western and Americana band, Ponderosa Breeze, have created a tribute to America's veterans titled"They Can't Take My Heart." The Group used Johnson's family photographs and images from National Archives to create a salute to veterans of foreign and domestic wars. See it at www.mailtribune.com/tempo.”

“Absolutely wonderful, charming and inviting vibe to your music and playing style..great songs, sounding like a bunch of friends gathered on the porch and jamming at sunset..just love that "friends" tune..had a great time hanging out here!”

Mike White - MikeWhitePresents