BIO

Ruf Records recording artist Jeremiah Johnson is set to have the biggest year of his career in 2019.  After signing a record deal with Ruf Records in March of 2018, Jeremiah immediately went to Texas to record his debut Ruf Records release, Straitjacket, with BMA award winning Mike Zito producing.  Straitjacket debuted #1 on iTunes New Blues Releases and #6 on Billboard Blues Album Chart and has been in the top of the Roots Music Report ever since.  With several European tours already scheduled for 2019, Jeremiah is poised to bring his passionate songwriting, powerful blues voice and commanding guitar work to a world-wide audience in 2019 and beyond. 

 “What makes Johnson’s music worth its salt is that it’s honest, and it’s real. No white-washing, glossing over, or glitzy production; no sir, just stories about people living their lives that hits home.” 

- American Blues Scene 

Jeremiah Johnson has been writing original music for decades and continues to polish his art through consistent rehearsals and tireless touring. Though born and raised in St. Louis, Missouri, he seasoned his songwriting by spending a decade on the Gulf Coast of Texas, working hard at making a name for himself as an original blues artist. Boasting a five-album discography, Johnson can deliver original southern blues-rock all night long.   Johnsons' world class band is well known for being one of the tightest live acts on any stage and can put on a show that you won't soon forget. 

 “Straight up, honest American blues rock music. Jeremiah’s writing is passionate and from the heart.” 

- National Rock Review 

“SRAITJACKET”, released August 24th, 2018, Straitjacket reached #6 on the Billboard Blues Charts. 

“BLUES HEART ATTACK”, released  July of 2016. Blues Heart Attack reached #5 on the Billboard Blues Charts. 

“GRIND”, ”, released in 2014. GRIND reached #8 on the Billboard Blues Charts. Other notable credits, GRIND was produced by Devon Allman, featuring Grammy award winner Yonrico Scott on drums.


 

ACHIEVEMENTS

September 2018 – STRAITJACKET debuts #6 on the Billboard Blues Charts and #1 on the iTunes New Blues Album Charts 

August 2017 - BLUES HEART ATTACK nominated for INDEPENDENT BLUES AWARDs "Best Contemporary Blues Album" 

August 2017 - "Sunshine Through" from BLUES HEART ATTACK nominated for Best Funk Song by INDEPENDENT BLUES AWARDS 

December 2016- BLUES HEART ATTACK nominated for Blues 411's Jimi Awards Rock/Blues Release of the Year 

August 2016- BLUES HEART ATTACK, reached #5 on the Billboard blues charts 

June 2016- "Black Lingerie" from GRIND won Best Blues Rock Song in 2016 Independent Blues Awards 

November 2015- GRIND reached the #8 slot on the Billboard Blues Charts 

September 2014- Released full length docu-concert, RIDE THE BLUES 

February 2011- Won St. Louis Blues Society's International Blues Challenge and went on to the semifinals representing St. Louis in Memphis

 

PROMO IMAGES

album Reviews

 “Jeremiah Johnson is the real deal, a honky-tonk hero for the blues just like Waylon was for outlaw country.”

Goldmine Magazine on Straitjacket 2018

 

“What makes Johnson’s music worth its salt is that it’s honest, and it’s real. No white-washing, glossing over, or glitzy production; no sir, just stories about people living their lives that hits home.”

American Blues Scene on Straitjacket 2018 

 

"Jeremiah Johnson delivers biting blues rock with his commanding guitar attack bolstered by his hearty pipes and a crack backing band... This is grade ‘A’ primo stuff."

Blues Blast Magazine on Straitjacket 2018

 

"His soul has remained true to his blues roots, and, if you don’t dig “Straitjacket,” you must have that proverbial hole in your soul!"

Bmans Blues Report on Straitjacket 2018

 

“A hard charging Texas blues rocker finds it's not corny to clean up, get political and aware and punch that message out. A heavy hitter that has rubbed interesting elbows and climbed to the top of various blues mountains, he charges up his show band here for a date that blows the ears open wide, and will do so live, well into the night. Hot stuff that shows no weakness anywhere, this white boy with the blues is keeping the future of the form in good hands. “

Midwest Record on Straitjacket 2018

 

“Straight up, honest American blues rock music. Jeremiah’s writing is passionate and from the heart.”

National Rock Review 2018 on Straitjacket

 

"If Jeremiah Johnson’s music were any greasier he could retire and open a one-stop soul food and oil change joint. The fully electrified blues and Southern rock of last year’s Blues Heart Attack belongs in the collection of any fan of contemporary guitar-slingers, though Johnson also has a killer way with honky-tonk shuffles and boogie woogie grooves, not to mention New Orleans-flavored dance-floor starters like “Everybody Party.” Yet for all the hot guitar work, in-the-pocket rhythms, and slinky organ and horn charts, it’s Johnson’s voice that makes him such a compelling performer and recording artist. His twang is lived, just like his blues, and he never sounds less than convincing."

-Roy Kasten, Riverfront Times RFT's STL77 June 2017 on BHA

 

"BLUES HEART ATTACK is not your everyday blues/rock effort. It’s a cut above, thanks to the inspired songwriting and spirited performances from Jeremiah Johnson and the band. This release should please fans of several musical genres."
Phoenix Blues Society on BHA


"BLUES HEART ATTACK captures the band’s high-energy blues and southern rock attack in top form."
Blues Bytes on BHA


"Produced by the band along with Jason McIntire, BLUES HEART ATTACK is a crisp, muscular sounding blues record with a healthy dose of nasty in the grooves. This isn’t really the kind of record to throw on and mellow to, it’s what you put on when you want to party or get some sh** done. Good stuff."
Rock Doctor Music Reviews on BHA


"An entertainer as well as a musician, Johnson is way more than a white boy with the blues--Johnson is staking out his turf as the leading light of workingman's blues mixing rock, blues, shredding and raw emotion into a heady brew that might be just a touch too dark for the average business major."
-  Midwest Record on BHA


"The Jeremiah Johnson Band are the real deal; they encapsulate blues-rock at its best. This album will hopefully prove to be a springboard to take them out of their native St. Louis and establish the band on the international blues circuit, a place worthy of a group with such talent."
National Rock Review on BHA


"[Jeremiah Johnson] wrote all of the songs on the 12-track release, which has a great beginning with the song, Mind Reader, with its fiery guitar licks opening and Benet Schaeffer laying down the drum beat that sets the pace that captured my interest from the first listen, as [Johnson] has a honeyed raw whiskey-edged voice and a captivating writing and guitar playing style."
Luxury Experience on BHA


"If Eric Clapton were to hire a house band for his Crossroads festival, Jeremiah Johnson would be the perfect candidate...  It’s tough for a guitarist to make a fresh statement treading the same earth as giants like Clapton and Stevie Ray Vaughan, but the Jeremiah Johnson Band succeeds, fueled by confident, flexible musicianship and a palpable adoration for the music they play."
That Music Mag on BHA


"The Jeremiah Johnson Band deliver a well-rounded album filled with original tracks that are unmistakably influenced by a plethora of different blues traditions. Jeremiah’s singing is raw and emotive. You can feel his love of craft and if his vocals do not convince you, then the top-notch guitar playing will."
Blues Rock Review on BHA

PRAISE FOR THE JEREMIAH JOHNSON BAND

"The Canal Bank Shuffle has been bringing the best in blues to our annual 4-day festival for 14 years. I can say in all honesty, that few of the international artists received the rave reviews that were heaped upon Jeremiah Johnson by our loyal and knowledgeable blues audience. We invited him back immediately after his first show. In each case, his performance was electric, powerful and tons of fun for the crowds. Jeremiah was also professional, friendly prompt and outgoing with fans. We would not hesitate to invite him back and recommend him to any blues venue that wants a guaranteed killer show!"
- Bob Liddycoat, Canal Bank Shuffle Blues Festival, Thorold, Ontario, Canada

"It is very easy to say nice things about Jeremiah and the Jeremiah Johnson Band because they are easy to work with and truly professional artists. The band is tight and hard working with a great stage presence that you can only get from talented artists who really enjoy and love what they are doing. I would say to other festival promoters if you are looking to bring a band that people in your area may not know of yet, then bring in the Jeremiah Johnson Band and your attendees will not be disappointed. The JJB is one you want to hear over and over again!!
- Kevin Barry, Bonita Blues Festival, Bonita Springs, FL  

“Jeremiah Johnson has great original material he has written, kills it on guitar, and is a fine distinctive vocalist. Do you know how rare in the blues game that trifecta is these days?”  
- Tom "Papa" Ray, Harmonica/ St. Louis blues icon

"Jeremiah's voice is like another instrument in the group and displays a maturity gained from his travels through the Deep South and Gulf Coast.  When these guys got together, genuine music magic happened! Sit in on one set, and you'll have a new favorite group to follow!" 
- Robert Molinary 

"As I am well into my second decade of producing and promoting Blues concerts around the world, it still is a magical experience for me to find an artist who was not on my radar screen and whose talent just knocks my socks off.  Such is the case with Jeremiah Johnson."
- Steve Simon, Steve Simon Presents

"I heard Jeremiah Johnson on Bluesville, the song was 'Black and Blue', and the interplay between horns, guitar and vocals set the mood, I instantly loved it!  I knew if this band could pull this off live they would steal the festival and THEY DID!  This band is going places and I am proud to say I brought them to the White Mountain Boogie  on the East Coast FIRST!  DO NOT miss the chance to see them live!"
- Brad Benton, producer of the "Boogie", the 2012 KBA Recipient for Best US Blues Festival

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