Johnny Sansone (born 1957) is a New Orleans legend. This is despite the fact that - which many fans don't even know - he originally comes from New Jersey.
Johnny is proven to be one of the best harmonica players in the world. He is also a great singer, composer, bandleader and ultimately a multi-instrumentalist. He plays accordion, saxophone and guitar.
Johnny Sansone grows up with music. His father played saxophone in Dave Brubeck's band during World War 2. Thus, his first instrument is the saxophone. This at the age of eight. At the age of ten he picks up the guitar and harmonica for the first time.
His life - like that of many blues musicians - changed when he saw a show by Howlin' Wolf in Florida at the age of twelve. From that moment on, he knows that he wants to become a blues musician. At thirteen, he is already allowed to play with Honeyboy Edwards. And in the 70s he learns from masters like James Cotton or Junior Wells. In the 80s he tours with legends like Ronnie Earl, John Lee Hooker, Jimmy Rodgers or Robert Lockwood Jr.
After having already toured the whole USA, he settled down in New Orleans in 1990. In his first band "Jumpin' Johnny & The Blues Party" he plays guitar and harmonica. Due to his New Orleans environment, influences of Swamp Rock and Zydeco flow into his music. And Johnny Sansone develops into a mature Louisiana musician.
As a result, Sansone wins several music awards and signs a record deal with Rounder Records. Records under his own name such as "Watermelon Patch" appear on this label. His collaborators include pianist Joe Krown and guitarist John Fohl, who also plays with Dr. John.
Another collaborator is Anders Osborne, with whom he also writes songs. Osborne also produces the great album "Poor Man's Paradise" (2007).
In 2009 follows the big breakthrough with "The Lord is waiting and the devil is too". The title song was chosen as the song of the year at the US Blues Music Awards.
Further albums like "Once it gets started" and "Lady on the levee" follow, all of which receive great reviews and are well worth listening to. The latest album "Hopeland" - again produced by Anders Osborne - features the great North Mississippi Allstars with the Dickinson brothers. This album, too, receives excellent reviews, and rightly so. "Hopeland" becomes the best-selling album during the 2018 New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival.
Johnny's new album is scheduled for release in late 2021, which he will present at Groove Now Blues Weeks. He will be backed by an all-star band featuring greats such as Nick Schnebelen and Albert Castiglia.
Johnny Sansone - Vocals, Harmonica
Nick Schnebelen - Guitar, Vocals
Albert Castiglia - Guitar, Vocals
Aaron Mayfield - Organ
Cliff Moore - Bass
Adam Hagerman - Drums
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