Johnny Mainstream is a five-piece Americana act out of Manchester, CT. Born in the Marist College dormitories of songwriter Matthew Maynes and bassist Dan Garaffa, Johnny Mainstream began writing honest folk songs inspired by Bob Dylan, Bright Eyes, and Kevin Devine, but infused with the punk rock ideals on which each was raised.
After graduation in 2007, Maynes and Garaffa returned to CT with the Johnny Mainstream brand intact. Through continual exposure at local venues like the Main
Pub and Grady Tavern in Manchester CT, Johnny Mainstream began to amass a small following from fans, as well as the attention of other local musicians. High school friend and Manchester native Laura Conover joined the duo to fill out the vocals (“the June Carter Cash to Maynes’ Johnny”). Fans-turned-members, Brendan Donnelly and local mainstay and “Flu” alum Michael James Anderson now round out the group on drums and lead guitar respectively.
The band released their debut full-length "Shipwrecked!" on Sling Slang Records in February of 2011 and are set to release their follow up "Ghost Broadway" on Tuesday, March 12th, 2013.