For years Los Angeles Blues matriarch Mama Laura Gross (1920-2009) mentored Johnny as he led her namesake band, Mama's Boys. She infused many musical lessons but the top three: finding your own sound, keen listening and the importance of soul in music; probably burnt in the deepest.
On their new CD “Beautiful Chaos” the past winners of LA Music Awards ‘Best Blues Band” blend their blues roots with large doses of heavy riffs and an indie sound. Traveling to downtown Detroit, the record was completed entirely in a week with producer Jim Diamond at his Ghetto Recorders. The results are 11 unique, hard-edged, uncompromising songs that borrow from the past but add a sizeable dose of 21st century steroids.
Johnny and the Boys were selected to close out Europe’s prestigious Moulin Blues 25th Anniversary Festival in 2010. They have toured all through Germany, France, Holland, Denmark and Belgium many times where they gained ‘stars of the show’ rating at festivals. They made their first visit to the UK in April ‘07 for 2 weeks including the National BBC, Burnley National Blues Festival and 100 Club. In their home state of California the band consistently plays over 200 dates a year, ranging from the small club in LA where the band was born, to major festivals.