Based out of Los Angeles, CA, Johnny Hawthorn has been amplifying his reputation as a world class guitar player and songwriter. Originally from Philadelphia, PA, he came to Hollywood as an eager player and immersed himself in the music scene.
Hitting the bar, club and backyard party circuit and with his versatility on guitar, lapsteel and mandolin he became the “hired gun” in town and has played for numerous local and national bands.
The first CD titled “Johnny Hawthorn Band” (released in 2006) was well received and the instrumental song “Cream” still receives substantial rotation on internet and satellite radio. Mike Varney from Guitar Player Magazine wrote: “Hawthorn is a gifted player on all fronts, with phasing reminiscent of Clapton and Hendrix…”
The 2nd CD Death & Taxes, received 2009’s Recommended CD’s from “American Music” (Belgium). Blues Matters (UK) magazine wrote, “As a guitar player he can be awesome, whether in out-and-out country mode or playing full throttle blues rock.”
Touring with acts as a hired guitar player and recording (Toad the Wet Sprocket, Everclear, Grant Langston, Nicole Gordon, Shane Alexander, Quenby & the West of Wayland Band, Debby Holiday), Hawthorn has also written and produced songs for other upcoming artists and placed original songs on NBC, CBS, HBO, MTV, THE HISTORY CHANNEL and FOX.
Rounding out the band is:
Hampton Flanagan (drums) & Michael Sunday (bass)