THE JOHNNY MADDOX Band is the #1 act coming out of the Florida Keys. The all star band delivers the best of Rock&Roll, Boogie Blues, Biker Rock, Classic Rock and Country with hit covers and smoking originals from two CDs. For a great show and music and lots of fun, Johnny is your choice. Johnny has been booked with and appeared with such greats as 38Special,Marshel Tucker Band,Kansas,Edgar Winter,Rick Derringer this year alone. The JOHNNY'S Band delivers an all pro show. From a 4 piece band to the 8 or 10 pieces you need, it's The JOHNNY MADDOX Band.
It is Sunday night at the Hurricane and Johnny Maddox and the band breaks into 'Just Like Me', a challenge to the crowd to get up and move.
For years the clubs Sunday night jam has drawn musicians who want nothing more than to belt out some rock and blues tunes and trade some licks.
But there is a difference lately. The musicians are coming together, inspired by a fistful of original songs penned by Marathon resident Johnny Maddox. Rumor has it something going on and theyÃ¯Â¿Â½re looking for bigger and better things to sink their chops into.
You can expect to see Johnny and His Band taking stage with the likes of Rick Derringer, Edger Winter or 38 Special but Touring with Eric Clapton anytime soon (NOT)-although that wouldn't bother Johnny. He's been performing and peddling his two CD of original songs from coast to coast with some pretty strong interest from people in the Biz. .
'If it is meant to be, it will be,' Maddox said. That's how this whole album and the Fantasy Band came together.' The album is a collection of rock and soul infused pop songs focused on the familiar themes of unrequited love, requited love, fantasy and DUI.
Johnny lists contemporary bands and artists like Clapton, Creed, Matchbox 20, Joe Cocker and Tina Turner as some of his musical influences. Even country great like Hank Sr. & Jr., Garth and Dwight Yokem give him a thrill,' says Johnny. With these influences on the album, and the tone of the songs like 'Just Like Me' reflect that, if only vaguely. Most of the tunes like 'Sugar Cookie' and 'Hey Trooper Man' seem to owe more of a debt to the soul of music, the gritty country music of the Midwest, Motown and Memphis rock and roll. The cohesion of the band come from artist's gigging and jamming together in one venue or another for years - 10 or 15 in some cases - allows Johnny and the band to run through the tunes real tight and switch up members with ease. Johnnys lead guitarists looms large on the music scene throughout south Florida and the Florida Keys.
John Bartus agreed to record Johnny over a year ago, 'he was won over by the presence and the appeal of Johnny's voice', Bartus said. Johnny's voice carries a gritty powerful style and its his showmanship and charter that makes him stand out from the rest.
A number called 'Goin' Back' swim s with emotion, and calls for the obligatory slow dance, or just a chance to sit back and think. The song showcases as well as any track on the album Johnny's vocal and songwriting ability.
Johnny Maddox and the Fantasy Band really rocks the docks as they say in the Keys. In all Artistic Fool is a must have CD for my box. Who knows, their just might be a new shinning star in the sky's over the Florida Keys.
By TRAVIS JAMES TRITTEN Free Press Staff Writer
Former drummer or percussionist and backup vocalist from a host of bands nobody ever heard of, except maybe a few! For instance, the Belairs, McCoys, Us Too Group, Acuisticats, Surge, Brian Green and Austin White, to name a few.
Johnny has a deep history as an entertainer dating back to childhood. As a teen Johnny excelled as a drummer and was fortunate to perform with a few national acts, getting a taste of stardom. In his mid 20's while in New Orleans, Johnny experienced a good taste of jazz, blues and zydeco, and teamed with many local groups performing in and around the French Quarter, Fat City and regional festivals. New Orleans soon became too much fun for Johnny (the bars wouldn't close!), so family ties lead him to Jacksonville, the home of Southern Rock.
Johnny made Jacksonville his home, becoming a successful contractor by day and part-time performer by night. The influences of the groups coming out of the region such as Skynyrd, 38 Special, Allman Brothers, Tom Petty and the likes, kept Johnny in the music scene. Here he focused his talent towards playing percussions, the hand tools, congas and such, and played with many well known regional acts, all along writing a few songs of his own. He continued performing and writing songs of life. For most people life is fairly simple, and for others Johnny feels that life is Fun and full Love, Blood, Sweat, Tears Cheers and Fears, mixed into a good party to sum it up. That is what his songs are about.
So here is where, after many years of trials and tribulations, tears and fears, love and fun, the Johnny Madd