Category: Press

Chuck Johnson live set up at NYCTaper

Chuck Johnson: September 8, 2017 Three Lobed / WXDU Hopscotch Afternoon Jamboree (Raleigh, NC) October 1, 2017 By acidjack As a multitalented musician — a soundtrack composer, rock guitarist, and solo…
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Dusted reviews Balsams

Chuck Johnson — Balsams (VDSQ) Chuck Johnson, a composer and musician out of California, has left behind the time-keeping picking structures of picked American primitive guitar and headed for the…
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Feature at Indy Week

Chuck Johnson Crafts a Peaceful Pedal Steel Paradise with His Latest LP, Basalms  By Noah Rawlings Chuck Johnson CHUCK JOHNSON Wednesday, September 6, 7:30 p.m., $12 Nightlight, Chapel Hill www.nightlightclub.com Chuck…
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Interview at Blocland

Interview: Chuck Johnson and His Otherworldly Pedal Steel Guitar By Saul Wright  - August 14, 2017 10 Photo by Andrew Paynter Chuck Johnson isn’t new to this. But his new…
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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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