Formal music training, until recently was minimal -- 1 1/2 years of piano in 3rd grade. John (re)taught himself piano beginning in the early 90's and music has become a passion since. He learned guitar (mainly chords) from friends along the way, and after moving to Little Rock in 1998 immersed himself in music theory. As a result of these lessons and association with many very talented musicians, John's knowledge expanded exponentially and he learned the joys of performing in public, as well. John neither reads or writes notation - all of his songs originate from an emotive connection with the instruments.
You may have caught John's playing at:
* Starr's Live at Pasqual's, Little Rock, AR
* Caffe' Bon-Ami, Cranston, RI
* Rivermarket, Little Rock, AR
* Quy's, Maumelle, AR
* Underground Pub, Little Rock, AR
* 2nd Place CafÃ©, Little Rock, AR
* Sink's Kitchen, Hot Springs, AR
* Sheraton Hotel, Nashville, TN
* Tootsie's Orchid Lounge, Nashville, TN
* Windows on the Cumberland, Nashville, TN
* The Bluebird CafÃ©, Nashville, TN
* The Sutler, Nashville, TN
* as well as many private functions in Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia, Kansas and Tennessee.
So just who are the 'friends'?
- Dan O'Leske - drums & percussion
- Dan Sieckman - guitar, bass & percussion
- Joe Kuykendall - guitar
- Mary Bergman - vocals
- Michael Murphy - flute & sax
If you ever get a chance to play with them, or catch a performance, don't miss it.
John, Dan Sieckman & Dan O'Leske occasionally get a chance to perform as Johnnie B & the Double D's.
= I asked a member of this next group what kind of music they liked to play ?
= He told me "whatever they can ..."
= So I asked them what kind of music can they play ?
= He told me "whatever they like ..."
= So then I asked what they were going to play for you tonight?
= I was told "Nothing you know ... they're all originals ...that way, if we make a mistake no one will know ... 'cause no one has ever heard them before."
= Anyway, here is Johnnie B & the Double D's!
The preceding introduction from one of those performances reflects John's approach to his music - play what you like, play the best you can and have some fun while you're at it!
(copies can be found in Alabama, Arkansas, Arizona, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Massachusetts, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Rhode Island, Tennessee and Texas)
"... or maybe something like this" (2001)
(copies can be found in Alabama, Arkansas, Arizona, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Georgia, Kansas, Mississippi, Montana, New Jersey, North Carolina, Oregon, Rhode Island, Tennessee, Texas and Virginia)
"or something like that ..." (2000)
(copies can be found in Alabama, Arkansas, Arizona, California, Colorado, Georgia, Kansas, Massachusetts, Mississippi, New Hampshire, New Jersey, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island and Texas)
1. Thar's a Storm a'Comin'
2. Raindrops to Waves
3. Saturday Coffee
4. Missouri River Bottomlands
5. Thinking of You
6. Lemon Merengue
7. Garcon de Beignet
8. Nights in Madrid
10. Don't Fall Asleep Joe
11. Sailing the Adirondack
12. Amazing Grace
13. Yellow Dog
14. Ethan's Discovery
15. Baby on the Doorstep