836 N. Russell St. Portland, OR, 97227
Wednesday, February 26, 2020
White Eagle Saloon & Hotel - White Eagle Saloon
$8 advance, $10 day of show
21 and over
8 pm$8 advance, $10 day of show21 and over
Neil Gregory Johnson is a singer-songwriter from the Northwestern, United States. Raised up from either a pack of wolves or a family of traveling musicians (no one really knows), Johnson has developed a passion for the pick-up gig; The "show up-and-blow doors" mentality; The "where in the hell did this guy come from?!" league; and it has gotten him into the hearts of many who have had the pleasure of watching his performance.
Whether it be folk songs and coffee shops, ambient jazz guitar and fancy restaurants, outlaw country covers and swampy blues at the honky-tonks, or downright dirty rock 'n' roll in the nightclubs; for those familiar with his work, he remains an enigmatic and driving force determined to expand his own brand of singer-songwriter.
Neil Gregory Johnson is set to release his self-titled 5 song E.P. (March of 2018) In hopes of bringing his energetic display of ringing guitar licks, howling vocal lines, and lyrical storytelling to a wider audience.
The music he creates is americana freefall folk...X-factor swagger. He travels solo with a kick drum and guitar, or with an accompanist if the timing is right.
All about habits. As of January 2019, a new music video is out.
The songs regard a variety of Life-in-the-USA things, some of import, most with an emphasis on lively and fun. For those happy enough to hear it. The studio sessions are layered, creative, and compellingly self-produced. The live performance, especially solo, is the charm.
In addition to past collaborations with cool bands, there are four solo albums:
Searchlights In Mexico (2008) ;
Light Up The Sky (2014) ;
Relics '16-17 ;
The 2019 album focuses on hard-helpin' lyrics from a hard-pickin' troubadour. Portland band the Avett Others has been backing him up at a few local shows. Paul Prato (from iconic Portland band Tin Silver) has been bringing some original jazzy bass as of fall 2018. Chris really likes performing with
Megan and Chris, and The Baron Ward. Contemporary bands he is most excited about:
Punch Brothers. Avett Brothers. Tk & the Holy Know-Nothings. Floater.
Portland songwriter Dan Weber says "...Chris' live show exudes thewonderment and enthusiasm of an artist drawing an authenticconnection with his audience...feeding off that raw live energy...herocks out and storytells the way Wilco and The Avett Brothers have sosuccessfully done..."
Austin songwriter and family man Jake Riggs declares "...It's not hardto tell that Baron was born to perform. From the solemn to the goofy,sentimental to grateful, his mannerisms and charisma effortlesslytransition between the songs and the mood of the room. 'How canChris be in all moods at all times?' you have asked many times. It tookthousands of hours of stage time, thousands of gallons of beer andmore heartbreak than the average human can endure. So go see ChrisBaron live. He'll be the long-haired, tall approachable guy holding theguitar...and chances are he'll be smiling..."
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