THE GYPSY SONS
Johnny "The Hammer" Aguon - vocals/guitars
John "Goose" Gies - vocals/bass
Eric King - vocals/guitars
Dave Maguire - drums
The Gypsy Sons are an American rock band from the Washington, DC metropolitan area with roots in rock, blues, and country. This band has been compared to such influences as Aerosmith, The Beatles, The Eagles, and Doyle Bramhall II thanks to their diverse musical style and their trade-offs in vocal duties. They are all about inspiring and connecting with their audience, and their career is lifting off, as well.
The band just finished recording their new CD "Wash" with Thomas Johansen in Los Angeles and Mastered it at Metropolis in the UK. The Gypsy Sons are looking to expand their brand to a much larger worldwide audience this time around. They recently recorded Aerosmith's "Dream On" with Scott Spellbring and having recorded Grammy-nominated Sam Tate's "Thanks To You," a tribute to our American soldiers, in Nashville, TN with Pat Holt, they also have two songs, "Sweet Soul Sunshine" and "Right Kind Of Lovin,'" produced by Gary Tharp in Los Angeles, featured in the action/thriller “Deadfall” starring Eric Bana and Olivia Wilde, this band shows no signs of slowing down.
The band's high-energy and versatility shines through live and they have opened for such legendary artists as Pinetop Perkins (RIP), Johnny Winter (RIP), Chuck Brown (RIP) and The Outlaws as well as modern artists Chris Young and Jason Aldean. Ardent supporters of Fisher House, Wounded Warriors, Walter Reed, Able Forces and St. Jude, The Gypsy Sons have helped to raise hundreds of thousands of dollars and spent many hours donating their time and friendship with many of America's Bravest and friends in need indiscriminately.
Johnny "The Hammer" Aguon’s band, Dead White and Blue, which was on the brink of releasing its debut major label, Rick Parashar produced album, with MCA Records got lost in the shuffle when MCA was bought out, and a great majority of their cataloged acts were cut loose. For the next few years, he toured, recorded and performed in one band after another until he found himself owning and operating Selma Recording/Rehearsal Studios in Hollywood, California. After a few stints as a sideman and store owner, Johnny decided to take a new direction in music, and start up a hard-rock country band, he called The Gypsy Sons. The problem was, he needed to find like-minded musicians to help develop the sound of the band. Aguon, a Northern Virginia native who lived in LA, began to realize that perhaps coming back to his roots would be the best platform for such a band. After touring the west coast with his new act, Hammer began filling the calendar with east coast tour dates. However, unable to convince his rhythm section to make the trip, he was forced to find other musicians.
For starters, Johnny contacted John Gies (AKA Goose), who was playing in the Fairfax, Virginia based band Olive Bones at the time. The Fairfax scene had been dying a slow death, and so was Olive Bones when Gies agreed to tour the east coast with Aguon and The Gypsy Sons. In a week, Goose learned about twenty songs, and the band rehearsed once before playing a tour from New York to Miami.
A few months later, The Gypsy Sons went to play in front of Sony Music executives at a showcase in Nashville, Tennessee with a country band fronted by Eric King, a VA native formerly from the blues act Eric King and the Thin Line who had drawn some interest from Sony. No deals were made for either band as a result of this showcase; however, it changed the course of The Gypsy Sons for good.
By mid year, Gies had stopped playing with the band, and Aguon was back in LA preparing for a permanent move back to the DC metro area. By the fall of that year, he was back at it in full swing playing the NOVA bar scene, and Eric King was now playing with The Gypsy Sons on occasion as a guest musician. By the end of the year, Aguon had recruited Gies to rejoin the band, and by early Spring of the next year, the unlikely triumvirate hit the stage together for the first time at IOTA in Arlington, Virginia. Gies and King had crossed paths over the years, but had never thought of playing together, since their styles were so different, but Aguon was the weld that bound them due to his versatile style that spanned across both of their very different influences.
Fast forward 100+ shows and 100,000 miles…the band was taking a hiatus and looking for a drummer. Gies was depressed, King was burned out, and Aguon was starting up a side project called American Günn that he somehow convinced Gies to join him in. These times were jokingly referred to as “The Therapy Sessions.” American Günn arranged to rehearse at the brand new Crashbox Rehearsal and Recording Studios in Sterling, Virginia. Coincidently, Dave Maguire was the owner of Crashbox, and as fate would have it he became the drummer for The Gypsy Sons within a month. The rest as they say is history in the making.