JOHNNY RILEY INTERVIEW


How has the reaction to your latest CD been?


The reaction to my Cd has been mind Blowing, fans as well as people have loved it, the CD has been Submitted for the BMA in Memphis and it was Submitted to the Grammys.


Who are your musical and non-musical influences?


My Musical influences are Howling Wolf, BB King, Muddy waters , Meryl Haggard and Johnny Winters

My other influences are Nicolai Tesla, 

Will Rogers.


What inspires you to do what you do?


What inspires to do what I do is that I believe I was born to do what I do, music has been in me from the moment I was born it's who I am it's apart of me I Am The Blues , I was singing the blues back before I even knew what it was.


What was the first LP/tape/CD you bought with your own money?


Muddy Waters was the first that I can remember.


What has been your most memorable moment in your music career so far?


The most memorable moment for me was the first time I headlined a show in Arizona it was amazing the stage was huge the crew was fantastic and up until then I had played every juke Joint and Beer Hall in the Country so hitting the big stage was a special moment for me.


If your city were a song it would be..


If my city was a Song it would be called " Small Town USA.


Can you talk about a fan encounter that completely took you by surprise?


Yes! A fan Drove all the way from Oklahoma City to Mississippi to see my Show ! I was so honored and Shocked that they would come all that way to see me it was humbling.


What embarrassing songs might I find on your MP3 player?


You would find " I get more Booty when Budda's around by the group 

Called Monkey Junk.


What does the next 6 months look like for you?


The next 6 months looks very busy for me and my band we play a lot.


What can people expect to see at your live performances?


You can expect The Real Deal and in your Face Blues I'm 100 proof! And you will be entertained !! 


Johnny Riley - Crossroads Of My Life


Met het album ' Crossroads Of My Life' heeft Johnny Riley een erg goed tweede album gemaakt.  De zanger maakt  blues met  invloeden vanuit de gospel  en rock muziek . Bij het horen van de fantastische stem van Johnny Riley is het gelijk duidelijk, deze zanger is geboren voor de blues. Wat een verpletterende indruk maakt de stem. Het album ' Crossroads Of My Life' laat horen hoe een blues album hoort te klinken. De teksten hebben inhoud, worden met overtuiging gezongen en de band is in een grootse vorm. Naast het bespelen van de gitaar laat Johnny ook op de harmonica horen zijn mannetje te staan. Indrukwekkend zijn de nummers ' No Letter Blues ' en 'John The Revelator'.

Beide nummers zijn erg persoonlijk van aard, ' No Letter Blues' gaat over hoe de zanger werd verlaten door zijn vrouw terwijl ' John The Revelator' een ode is aan zijn ouders. In alle opzichten is dit een groots album.