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The Legend of Vernon McAlister, Richard Leo Johnson's newest recording on Cuneiform, is an astonishing and magical release �" a sort of acoustic guitar equivalent to the classic Lewis Carroll novel, Alice in Wonderland. Early in the 21st C., Johnson's neighbor in Savannah, GA introduced him to a mildewed National Duolian steel-bodied guitar, dating from the early 1930s. Also called a resonator guitar because its uniquely shaped, steel body self-amplified or resonated sound, the Duolian was a mass-produced, inexpensive, and road-worthy instrument popular among blues, jazz, Hawaiian musicians who worked roadside taverns in the Depression years


Who Knew Charlie Shoe?

Label: Cuneiform Records
Released: 2008
Track listing: 01. Swap Meet Sunday; 02. Rockasilly; 03. Shack in the Back; 04. First Breath in a Bean Field; 05. Little Sparrow; 06. I Believe in Reintarnation; 07. Superman; 08. Like Father Like Son; 09. Junk Fish Out of Water; 10. Jesus on a Tire Swing; 11. Looking for Vernon; 12. Where the Rivers Meet; 13. When I Met Chet; 14. Itty Bitty Ditty; 15. Where the River Meets the Hills; 16. Uncle Toby’s Place; 17. Good Soldier; 18. Circus Came and Went; 19. Blind Injustice; 20. Whitewash Warship Warehouse/Fine Washer and Dryer; 21. Forgotten Lullaby


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Richard Leo Johnson - Gregg Bendian: Who Knew Charlie Shoe?

Read "Who Knew Charlie Shoe?" reviewed by AAJ Italy Staff

Cominciamo subito col dire che il chitarrista prevalentemente acustico Richard Leo Johnson è un musicista tecnicamente superlativo. La cosa è già stata ampiamente dimostrata fin dai suoi primi due album (pubblicati da Blue Note nel 1999 e nel 2000). In particolare, questo suono tradizionale e raffinato allo stesso tempo, che ricorda Michael Hedges, John Fahey e ...


Who Knew Charlie Shoe?

Label: Cuneiform Records
Released: 2007
Track listing: Swap Meet Sunday; Rockasilly; Shack in the Back; First Breath in a Bean Field; Little Sparrow; I Believe in Reintarnation; Superman; Like Father Like Son; Junk Fish Out of Water; Jesus on a Tire Swing; Looking for Vernon; Where the Rivers Meet; When I Met Chet; Itty Bitty Ditty; Where the River Meets the Hills; Uncle Toby


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Richard Leo Johnson and Gregg Bendian: Who Knew Charlie Shoe?

Read "Who Knew Charlie Shoe?" reviewed by John Kelman

Talk to most guitarists and you'll find self-admitted gear heads looking for the latest and greatest--or, conversely, vintage--instruments, representing unparalleled craftsmanship. Still, guitarists like ex-Ry Cooder and Jackson Browne collaborator David Lindley revel in finding old instruments that may be cheap but possess unmistakable character. Guitarist Richard Leo Johnson continues the story begun on The Legend ...


The Legend of Vernon McAlister

Label: Cuneiform Records
Released: 2006
Track listing: Morning Glory; Love and Trouble; Serve Up the Red Clay and Rhubarb; The Porch Faces Sunset; Angry Angel; Briar Patch Harmony; Uncertain Weather; Quarter-Tone Soldiers Marching on the Mill; Everything is Beautiful and Sad; First Night Alone; Side Road to Splendor; Boxcar Dreams and Dark Tunnels; Three Wishes Wasted; Triumph Over Loss; Koto Cries Whiskey; Eaten by Wolves at Midnight; More Than All the Stars in the Sky; Roundhouse Right; Skin and Bones; Whatever You Want, Whatever You Need.


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Richard Leo Johnson: The Legend of Vernon McAlister

Read "The Legend of Vernon McAlister" reviewed by John Kelman

One look at the cover of guitarist Richard Leo Johnson's latest album, with its sepia-toned photograph of a serious-looking Johnson seated with a Duolian steel-bodied guitar, and you might expect a radical departure from Poetry of Appliance (Cuneiform, 2004). And you'd not be far from wrong. Unlike Johnson's last record, which featured his esoteric working trio ...


Poetry of Appliance

Label: Cuneiform Records
Released: 2004
Track listing: Richard Leo Johnson (acoustic 12 string, acoustic double neck 6 & 12 string, electric six string guitars), Ricardo Ochoa (electric and acoustic violin, theremin), Andrew Ripley (Yamaha WX5, melodica, Frostwave Resonator)


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Richard Leo Johnson: Poetry of Appliance

Read "Poetry of Appliance" reviewed by John Kelman

With only three records to his name-- Fingertip Slip (Blue Note, '99), Language (Blue Note, '00), and now his new release, Poetry of Appliance --guitarist Richard Leo Johnson has managed to create a small but vital body of work that combines the best of Ralph Towner, Leo Kottke, Steve Tibbetts and Michael Hedges. Working mainly on ...



Label: Blue Note Records
Released: 2003
Track listing: 1. Hip Hop Zep 2. Sweet Jane Thyme 3. Event Horizon 4. Music Roe 5. Chuck Soup 6. Cheek to Cheek/Dance in Heaven 7. Happy Talk/Dream a Dream 8. Sketches of Miles 9. New West Helena Blues 10. Daddydaughterduo 11. 1-5-90 12. Freestone Peach 13. Ritual Ground


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