|Welcome to the official web site for Johnny Bonneville
This site features the latest news about one of Washington DC's most talented Freeform American Roots musicians
"The Traveling Man", "The Storyteller", "The Entertainer",
"The American Minstrel", "The Busker"; Johnny Bonneville has more than
25 years of experience doing almost every job you could think of in
music. But the entertainer inside him just wants to sing. Johnny started
out as a skateboarding punk rocker and political activist years ago
before writing his first songs for "The Burning Spirit". (circa 1990's).
But in 1994, when Johnny turned thirty he decided to trade a job and
college for a nomadic journey across the United States. Eventually
settling in Berkeley California he became a street performer and open
mike musician before returning to Washington DC in 1999. Besides playing
music and travelin', mother nature has always been one thing Johnny
keeps close to his heart and his songs often reflect upon this theme.
Until recently Johnny
performed with his partner Fiddlin' Phil Swaby as a guitar & violin
duet. The performances blended a tasty gumbo of traditional musical
styles recognized as "Freeform American Roots". The idea began at a
dinner party several decades ago when Johnny pulled out a classical
guitar and asked Phil to help arrange some recently collected folklore
material. The energy and ideas soon became lucrative and soon they began
to perform original songs at the Grog & Tankard, a legendary right
of passage for many DC area rock musicians during the 80's & 90's.
After more than a year of weekly gigs the duet decided to make a studio
recording of their music.
The first recording project began in January 2002 with the
help of Ronnie Orencia and Dancing Alien Studios in La Plata Maryland.
After a nearly a year the duet released their first CD, "Songs About
Devils, Farms and Trains" and also selected 7 songs from their
Georgetown performances for a second CD, "Live At The Grog &
Tankard" (Entropress 2003). Other recorded performances include,
"REIGNITE-IT! Greatest Hits Of The Smoke-In" (Entropress 2005). "A
Tribute To Huddie Leadbetter (Leadbelly)" (Entropress 2006) and "Live At
The National Zoofari" (Entropress 2004).
Unreleased Recordings Available Online
1.) "Callin’ In A Hen" by
Johnny Bonneville on Myspace
Shell Blues" by Johnny Bonneville performed at the National Mall Spill
Into DC Rally on Youtube
3.) "Like A
River" by Kate Wolf recorded at Dancin Alien Studios on Youtube
4.) "Bourgeois Blues" by Huddie Ledbetter performed at the
Lincoln Memorial for FODFEST on Youtube
5.) "Buffalo Gal" by Johnny Bonneville in the film “It’s A
Wonderful Horrible Life” by Paul Bishaw
Phil Swaby has been
performing regularly in the Myrtle Beach NC area for the past few years
and living a comfortable life.
Johnny Bonneville achieved a long time goal
of performing on a U.S. Tour in 2010 when he opened for H R of the Bad
Brains on the “Hey Wella Tour”. Johnny still performs in the Washington
DC area and is currently producing a new full length recording, "Trouble
Don't Spell The Blues".
For more information please visit www.johnnybonneville.com or
contact (Bookings and Interviews Only)
firstname.lastname@example.org or call 202-705-8647.
Entropress Entertainment Group