Thu, Dec 23|
Johnny Falstaff | Live@ The Dirty South
The new album from Johnny Falstaff is perhaps more of a confessional memoir than a classic country record. With many a mile on his boots, Falstaff has a deep well to draw from. "Every album I make seems to bring it closer to home" Falstaff maintains, "sometimes home is where the heart is..
Time & Location
Dec 23, 2021, 7:00 PM
Angleton, 116 N Velasco St, Angleton, TX 77515, USA
About the Event
Johnny was in and out of several bands throughout the nineties, and while he was expounding on his skill at guitar playing, he was also developing as a songwriter. In 1991 he recorded his first record, Bad Tonight, produced by Davin James, the record features the musical talents of Hank Williams Jr.'s Bama Band. "To see those guys work in the studio was a real eye opener", Falstaff says, "I was young and thought I was great, but those guys were pros. I was served up a big slice of humble pie and learned some lessons that stick with me to this day".
Seven albums later, Johnny Falstaff hits with his latest release, and Lost in the City Lights launches us full swing into the nightlife with the title track. Dripping with pedal steel played by Tommy Detamore and Kevin Skrla throughout the record, the music and lyrics are perfectly suited for a night in a smokey honky tonk. Retro crooning and a lively vibraphone played by Matthew Keegan charms us on an interstellar love trek on "Stars". "Crash and Burn" features a fiery fiddle by Aaron Till, and takes the listener on a lust quest that we know isn't going to end well. The album concludes with a haunting eulogy that is seeped in melancholy but finalizes bordering on the sanguine. "I wanted to end this record with "Learn Brother Learn", Falstaff laments, "complete sadness with a spark of hope at the end, plus the guitar outro was a great way to finish the record".
In October of 2020, Johnny Falstaff was diagnosed with cancer. After completing chemo and radiation, he is continuing with immunotherapy and is expected to make a full recovery. "When you get the shock of your life, you immediately start to think differently, to prioritize. I've got so many things left to do, and I aint done - not by a long shot".