FOLK, ROCK, COUNTRY & PROG MEETS THE OLD TESTAMENT BY WAY OF THE BASEMENT TAPES AND THE FILMS OF LUIS BUNUEL
Bravo Johnson is a California-based songwriter and filmmaker, who has achieved some critical success since the 2000. Though Johnson’s music has received little radio airplay, he has gained a large cult following. molding styles at will and proving with their rock collage of musical styles, oblique, ironic lyrics -with references to the Old Testament by way of The Basement Tapes, Prog music and the films of Luis Bunuel.
Johnson’s lyrics incorporates political, social, and literary influences, defying existing pop music conventions and has developed distinctive guitar work, and signature falsetto tenor singing voice which garnered comparison to Tom Petty and Neil Young . Although he accompanies himself on several different instruments — including piano — his style of claw-hammer acoustic guitar and often idiosyncratic soloing on electric guitar are the linchpins of a sometimes ragged, sometimes polished sound. While expanding and personalizing musical styles, he has explored folk, blues and country to gospel, rock and roll and hard rock to folk music to prog. Johnson performs with the guitar, piano and is backed by a changing line-up of musicians.
Bravo Johnson carries his mystical journey to the heart of what Greil Marcus has described as “that old, weird America” and Bravo Johnson remains a singular, original voice in modern American music. He currently lives in Venice, California