Guitarist Johnny A. to Release New Album, 'Driven,' June 3

Guitarist and songwriter Johnny A. — who has his own signature-model Gibson guitar — will release his third solo album, Driven, June 3 via his own label, Aglaophone Records.

Driven features 10 original songs and Johnny's new version of the Bee Gees’ “To Love Somebody.”

Driven marks the guitarist's first time engineering, mixing and producing an entire album, which was recorded at his home studio, Nirvana Sound. (He also played all the instruments!)

Johnny considers the new album a departure from previous releases; it's a potent, groove-driven recording that reflects his diversity as a player/songwriter, blending rock, blues, jazz and funk.

As a sideman, he has played with a host of renowned musicians, including Doug Clifford (CCR) and Bobby Whitlock (Derek and the Dominos), before kicking off a seven-year stint as guitarist and musical director with J. Geils Band frontman Peter Wolf. He played on Wolf's albums and even co-produced one of them, Long Line.

Johnny will tour for the rest of 2014 in support of the new album. Confirmed dates include:

  • Fri, Apr. 25--Mechanic’s Hall--Worcester, MA
  • Fri, May 2--Sellersville Theater--Sellersville, PA
  • Fri, May 16--Building 24 Live--Wyomissing, PA
  • Sat, May 17--Moore Square Park--Raleigh, NC
  • Wed, June 11--Sculler’s Jazz Club--Boston, MA (CD Release Show)
  • Fri, July 11--Iron Horse Music Hall--Northampton, MA

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Damian Fanelli
Editor-in-Chief, Guitar World

Damian is Editor-in-Chief of Guitar World magazine. In past lives, he was GW’s managing editor and online managing editor. He's written liner notes for major-label releases, including Stevie Ray Vaughan's 'The Complete Epic Recordings Collection' (Sony Legacy) and has interviewed everyone from Yngwie Malmsteen to Kevin Bacon (with a few memorable Eric Clapton chats thrown into the mix). Damian, a former member of Brooklyn's The Gas House Gorillas, was the sole guitarist in Mister Neutron, a trio that toured the U.S. and released three albums. He now plays in two NYC-area bands.