Only the finest musicians have the ability to capture the nuances of life in sound, which puts Johnny in a very exclusive group of six-stringers that includes Les Paul, Wes Montgomery, Jeff Beck, Chet Atkins, and Jimi Hendrix. The secret is his blend of melody, sonic definition, technique and that indefinable-yet-tangible quality called "soul." And he's eloquently shared that secret on the CDs Sometime Tuesday Morning (2001), Get Inside (2004) and the instructional DVD Taste, Tone, Space (2006). All the virtues of Johnny A.'s playing are in abundant display on One November Night.
★Johnny has shared the stage with B.B. King, Les Paul, Jeff Beck, JJ Cale, Etta James, Dr. John, Joe Satriani, Peter Frampton, Steve Vai, George Thorogood, Eric Johnson, Joe Bonamassa, Huey Lewis and the News, Sonny Landreth, Robben Ford, Monte Montgomery, Duke Robillard and Coco Montoya, among others.
★Performances at Eric Clapton's Crossroads Festival, Montreal Jazz Festival, Japan's Fuji Rock Festival and many more.
★Featured on Thank You Les - an album and feature-length documentary in tribute to the great Les Paul - along with musical icons including Keith Richards, Steve Miller, Slash, and Jose Feliciano, Billy Gibbons and Bucky Pizzarelli
★Played as a sideman with such artists as Bobby Whitlock and J. Geils frontman Peter Wolf. In his six year stint as Wolf's guitarist, Johnny recorded on the album Fool's Parade (1999) and co-produced Long Line (1996) with Wolf.
★2011 Boston Music Awards Nominee for Blues Artist of The Year, the same category he won in 2010
★Nominated for Best Debut Album at the Boston Music Awards in 2000 for Sometime Tuesday Morning. Radio single from that album, "Oh Yeah," was #1 on AAA radio at stations in New York, Boston, Philadelphia, San Francisco and Austin, TX, among others, the first time in a decade an instrumental artist achieved that status.
★Gibson Custom Guitars introduced the Johnny A. Signature Model in 2003, designed from the ground up per Johnny's specs. This was the first time in 40 years Gibson had done so for an artist and it has become one of the company's most successful and popular models. Johnny A.'s Signature Model is featured on Gibson.com as one of the top Five Iconic Guitars and "sweetest rides" in the Gibson Shop, along with the signature B.B. King and Les Paul models. The signature model was also ranked in the Top Ten Blues Guitarists Guitars by Empire Guitars alongside B.B. King's Lucille, Albert King's Flying V, Stevie Ray Vaughan's Signature Stratocaster, Buddy Guy's Stratocaster and Muddy Waters' Telecaster.
"Creating an artist signature model guitar is not something we take lightly. But sometimes a player comes along who is not only a musical innovator and artist of the highest-caliber, but has innovative ideas about designing a totally new instrument. And that's Johnny, who just knocked us off our feet."
- Rick Gembar, Gibson Guitars Senior VP
"Johnny A. has quickly joined the rarified ranks of players like Jeff Beck, Bill Frisell and Carlos Santana, as far as being recognizable from the first note. He has created a unique voice... Johnny A.'s magic crosses over... he doesn't just play guitar - he plays music."
- Michael Ross, Premier Guitar, April 2010 Media Preview
"Johnny A. has his own signature guitar - and seemingly scores of signature guitar sounds at his fingertips."
- Mike Joyce, Washington Post
"Devotion to melodies, tight dynamics and succulent tones perfectly temper
Johnny's balance of fire and ice."
- Ted Drozdowski, Guitar World