MUSICIAN AND VOCALIST VON JOHIN HAILS FROM NASHVILLE, TN AND GREW UP IN THE SOUTHERN USA PLAYING JUKE JOINTS ALL ACROSS THE CHITLIN’ CIRCUIT. AN ARDENT FOLLOWER OF THE GREATS FROM THE WORLD OF BLUES MUSIC, VON JOHIN DELIVERS HIS POWERFUL SHOWS EVERY WEEK all AROUND SECOND LIFE.
in second life, von johin is all about the roots of his musical love, american blues, rural country folk, bluegrass and more. on occasion he’ll swing into something covered by jerry garcia, or some groovy other psychedelic material that inspires him as he goes. shows are not set-listed, and one song can flow into the next.
it’s not unusual for the show to start on top of the hour and the first hour fly by without a break in-between the songs. lots of energy, lots of fun, that’s what you can expect at a von johin concert!
raised playing blues and bluegrass, an interesting combination if there ever was one, von sorted out early on that the biggest difference in the two genres was the tempo and the swing. he fuses together these two major influences in his life, sometimes delivering a “blues-grass” type of thang that folks seems to like when he does it.
von’s real life avatar has recorded and performed with members of hot tuna/jefferson airplane, joe louis walker, jerry garcia band, fleetwood mac,, he was mentored in music by the late, great merl saunders. Playing with Merl found him performing with narada michael walden, rob wasserman, vince welnick, melvin seales, bill kreutzmann, plus enjoying many an introduction when also opening shows by the one and only wavy gravy,
WITH HIS TRUSTY GIBSON J200, VON JOHIN BROADCAST EACH SHOW LIVE FROM HIS BLUE NOTE STUDIO ON THE OUTSKIRTS OF NASHVILLE, playing almost and sometimes nightly.
NOT A SECOND LIFE RESIDENT, BUT STILL WANT TO CATCH THE SHOW? YOU CAN LISTEN USING ITUNES BY TELLING IT TO OPEN UP http://www.vonjohin.com:8888 on something like itunes or winamp, etc. you can’t click that link and listen from the web page, though.
Von Johin is now signed with Locobop records.