It’s important that we acknowledge that we are gathering on and that this podcast is being created on the traditional, ancestral and unceded territory of the Coast Salish peoples – Kwantlen, Tsawwassen, Katzie (pronounced Kay-tzie), and Semiahmoo.
If you love live music, and are often impressed by the variety, quality, and generosity of musicians in the Fraser Valley, you’re going to love today’s episode. Today I talk with a local blues musician who has not only struck out on his own to make his music dream his profession, but has successfully adapted to many bumps in the road. While in the last 9 months, he has completely pivoted his live music business to a streaming model during the pandemic, he has also overcome a theft to his studio, and various other obstacles that might make some of us give up prematurely.
My guest today is outfitted with a string of foot percussion, a road worn Stratocaster, and a contemporary drum machine, and he brings a whole new meaning to the phrase one-man-band. His distinct, soulful take on everything from rock to reggae over the last six decades has put him in front of crowds across the country. Whether he’s crooning John Mayer at a wedding or bringing clubs to life with Bruno Mars, this guy leaves it all out on the stage with his raw, energetic live performances.
Raised on the classics like Hendrix and Zeppelin, then influenced by the world of contemporary music, he has created his own blues drenched stamp for each of the 150+ songs in his arsenal.
Friends, please welcome Johnny Bootleg!