Slash and burn: For a few lucky invited guests, the Gibson Custom Shop in Nashville will be the place to be Friday night (June 20) as Johnny headlines the first night of Gibson Summer Jam ‘08 — and he’ll be joined by none other than Slash himself! Johnny is scheduled to take the stage at 9:45 p.m.
The 2008 Chicago Blues Festival: Johnny tore it up with James Cotton in a well-received set that closed the event’s first night. Johnny even managed a shout-out in Newsweek magazine before things got rolling. A great photo gallery can be found here.
On the road: After Johnny’s appearance in Tennessee, he’ll be off the road until Saturday (June 28), when he plays the Blues From the Top festival in Winter Park, Colorado. In early July, a trio of Canadian dates are on the schedule: the Phoenix Concert Theatre in Toronto (Thursday, July 3); Johnny B’s in Whitby, Ontario (Friday, July 4), and the Tremblant International Blues Festival in Mont Tremblant, Quebec (Saturday, July 5). To see a full listing of Johnny’s tour dates, click here.
Around the Web: Click here for a good write-up on Johnny in the Prague (Czech Republic) Post… Last month, Johnny’s “Breakin’ It Up, Breakin’ It Down,” which was recorded with Muddy Waters and James Cotton, received a 2008 Blues Music Award in the Historical Album category… Edgar Winter’s Rebel Road is due out July 8 and includes guest shots from Johnny and Slash… And some kind words for Live Bootleg Series, Vol. II… Visit Wolfgang’s Vault to listen to some incredible recordings from the 1960s and ’70s, including this classic 1974 performance by Johnny. It’s definitely worth your time! … And last but not least, here’s a photo that’s a real blast from the past.