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Free Show! Royal Johnson live at The Hummingbird in Downtown Macon
September 20, 2018 @ 10:00 pm - 2:00 am| Free
Royal Johnson, nominated by the readers of the 11th Hour as Macon’s Best Rock Band for 2018, has now released two albums and played hundreds of shows around the southeast; but they have an original sound that is drawing worldwide attention.
RJ began in middle Georgia in 2014 as a demo recording by founders Andy Johnson and Chance Royal. In the following months the duo developed an entire album of material in this fashion – piece by piece, trading ideas track by track, experimenting and thoughtfully crafting the songs from the ground up, in an extra room at Royal’s house.
Most of the tracks that became Belly Full were recorded solely by Royal and Johnson. Kevin Vines was enlisted to track bass on a few songs, and drum tracks were provided by Justin Raffield and Chris Reeves. Vines brought such an energy to the recordings that he was asked to join the live band, and subsequently brought in drummer Joanie Ferguson as his rhythm section partner.
The last three years have taken the band all over the southeast, captivating audiences of all colors and creeds by playing a variety of venues from central Florida to the North Carolina highlands to western Alabama, sharing stages with the likes of The Doobie Brothers, Stillwater (twice opening their annual reunion show), Jimmy Hall, Jack Pearson, Willie Nelson, Old Crow Medicine Show, The Avett Brothers, Drivin’ n’ Cryin’, Turnpike Troubadours, Robert Lee Coleman, Greensky Bluegrass, The Cordovas, The Autumn Defense, Big Mike and the Booty Papas, Joey Huffman and Bobby Golden.
They’ve played hockey arenas, large outdoor festivals, craft breweries, listening rooms, wedding receptions, bars and restaurants, intimate theaters, strip clubs, back yard parties, art galleries and mud bogs. In early 2018 Royal Johnson were invited to play in Mexico for two weeks at the Tropic of Cancer Concert Series, as album sales, downloads and reviews steadily come in from Europe, Asia and South America.
In 2017 in-demand Macon drummer James Lengel joined the group.
The infectious energy of Royal Johnson’s live shows and the eclectic nature of their successful debut album has brought together a diverse fanbase. Roots-and-Blues-enthused funk rock. Like seeing a mashup of Marshall Tucker Band and Sly Stone.
In October of 2017 the band released it’s second album, Howlin’, with a cd release party at Grant’s Lounge in Macon. The album was recorded at Muscadine Studios, home of legendary producer and musician Paul Hornsby. Paul is a member of both the Alabama and Georgia Music Hall of Fame, producing several gold and platinum records, and most known for his work with the Marshall Tucker Band, Charlie Daniels and Wet Willie, and for his time playing in Hourglass with Duane and Gregg Allman.