Dubbed a “slide guitar master” by Guitar World Magazine, Dennis Johnson’s deep passion for blues and roots music permeates his lively covers of time-honored favorites and vibrant originals all steeped in rock ‘n’ roll swagger. Along with his three-piece band The Mississippi Ramblers, Johnson’s vibrant slide-guitar based interpretations of blues classics and high-energy originals feature honky-tonk piano, a lively rhythm section and vivacious energy that sooth the soul and lift the spirit. San Francisco-native Dennis Johnson taught himself to play the guitar in his teens by listening to the music of Robert Johnson, Roy Rogers and Norton Buffalo. Today, Dennis Johnson and the Mississippi Ramblers deliver exhilarating live shows featuring raw roots, rockin’ blues and New Orleans grooves.
Johnson’s career has taken him to such prominent stages as The Fillmore in San Francisco, McMenamins White Eagle in Portland, Ore., and Live from the Divide in Bozeman, Mont. as well as festivals including the San Francisco Folk Festival, the Francis Ford Coppola Concert Series and the Sausalito Jazz & Blues Festival by the Bay in California. Said to be “in the pantheon of outstanding purveyors of the slide guitar tradition” by Blues Blast Magazine, the bluesman has received coverage from such prominent music outlets as Living Blues Magazine, Hot Wax Magazine and Blues in Britain Magazine. Dennis Johnson and the Mississippi Ramblers’ 2014 sophomore album Slide Avenue featured two #1 Songs on the Billboard’s UK Roots Music Reports Chart with “The Wind is Howlin’” and “Back on My Feet” and “Swingin’ at the Savoy” reached #6 on the US Roots Music Charts. The album peaked at #2 on the UK Roots Music Reports Chart and was named one of the “Top 10 Albums of 2014” by Folk Roots Radio. Their latest album, Rhythmland released 2017, was met with widespread critical acclaim, with Blues Blast Magazine writing “No museum piece…the band’s creativity breathes life into the music. You need this music.”
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