Category: Press

Interview at Bandcamp

Chuck Johnson’s New Album Is Partially Inspired By An Injured Dog Photo by Andrew Paynter. For some people, breathing deeply while visualizing a calm place is enough to stay grounded. For Chuck…
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Pitchfork includes Balsams in Overlooked Albums of 2017

Chuck Johnson - Balsams If you’ve ever thought to yourself, “My favorite part of any song with a pedal steel guitar is, in fact, the part with the pedal steel…
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NPR features “Labradorite Eye” video

In July I will celebrate a decade of living in California(!) but my North Carolina roots run deep. So it means a lot to have NPR Music premiere this video…
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Aquarium Drunkard premieres video for “Riga Black”

Original post at Aquarium Drunkard. Witness: the greatly-anticipated “ambient pedal steel” album from Chuck Johnson. Due June 2 via VDSQ, Balsams is the follow-up to last year’s Velvet Arc, a…
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AdHoc interview

In The Pocket: A Conversation With Chuck Johnson By Max Burke | Feb. 16, 2016 | 10:00 AM Chuck Johnson is one of the pre-eminent players in the current crop…
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AdHoc Premieres new LP “Velvet Arc”

Pre-orders are now available for "Velvet Arc" - my first electric band record in over a decade. In the meantime, AdHoc is premiering the first preview from the record.  
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Blood Moon Boulder review at Folk Radio UK

It is not unusual for acoustic players to have spent time playing rock but there can’t be too many fingerstyle guitarists with Chuck Johnson’s background. Before taking up fingerstyle guitar…
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Grayson Currin reviews Blood Moon Boulder at Indy Week

Chuck Johnson arrived late to the world of solo instrumental guitar. For nearly a quarter-century, Johnson made music in a variety of collaborative guises, from the atavistic indie rock of…
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Blood Moon Boulder review at Aquarium Drunkard

Chuck Johnson’s 2013 long player Crows in the Basilica was one of the finest guitar soli excursions in recent memory. His latest release, Blood Moon Boulder, might just be even…
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Paste Magazine reviews Blood Moon Boulder

As guitarist Chuck Johnson continues his work in the American Primitive tradition, pulling from the long history of folk, blues, and gospel in his own compositions, his music has gotten…
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Dusted reviews Blood Moon Boulder

You can’t accuse Chuck Johnson of doing the same thing over and over again. In the 22 years since his first release, a 7” split between his combo Spatula and…
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NPR Premieres “Silver Teeth in the Sun” Video

NPR Music premiered the video for "Silver Teeth in the Sun" from the Blood Moon Boulder LP.  Copies of the LP ship out starting June 29!
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“Medicine Map” premiere at Secret Decoder

Decoder Magazine is premiering the track "Medicine Map" from my upcoming Blood Moon Boulder LP. Pre-orders are available at Scissor Tail Editions.   
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Ad Hoc premieres “The Deer and the Snake”

Thanks to Ad Hoc for this preview from my upcoming LP Blood Moon Boulder. "The Deer and the Snake features a Marielle Jakobsons from Date Palms on violin.
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Decoder Magazine Review of CJ-1

CJ-1 - my new tape/digital release for Drawing Records - has a nice write-up over at the Decoder Magazine site. 
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