Johnny A. has one of the most eloquent voices in modern music - and he doesn't sing a note. Instead, he channels joy, love, humor, sadness... every aspect of the human experience, through his guitar.
Only the finest musicians have the ability to capture the nuances of life in sound, which puts Johnny in a very exclusive group of six-stringers that includes Les Paul, Wes Montgomery, Jeff Beck, Chet Atkins, and Jimi Hendrix. The secret is his blend of melody, sonic definition, technique and that indefinable-yet-tangible quality called "soul." And he's eloquently shared that secret on the CDs Sometime Tuesday Morning (2001), Get Inside (2004), and the instructional DVD Taste, Tone, Space (2006), which are approaching combined sales of 150,000 copies. All the virtues of Johnny A.'s playing are in abundant display on One November Night, a brand new DVD/CD set recorded live at Scullers in his hometown of Boston, MA.
"We were coming off a long tour," Johnny relates. "Plus, my daughter had just been in her first car wreck, so I wasn't sure if we should even record this show, and yet, the music and the audience and the night were beautiful. Everyone and everything in the room came together to make it an extremely special experience."
That's obvious from the opening chord cascade of the high-spirited "I Had To Laugh" to the rich, warm vibrato-shaded "Lullabye For Nicole" to the country & western soundscape "Tex Critter" to the rave-up "Jimi Jam," a tribute to Hendrix, Jimmy Page, Eric Clapton and other '60s blues and rock icons who have been among Johnny's many influences during his years as a performer.
Most of the night's repertoire is drawn from Johnny's previous studio albums, but this is the first time the ferocious "Jimi Jam" and his artful interpretations of The Beatles "The Night Before" and Chuck Berry's "Memphis" have been recorded on CD. The DVD concludes with a mesmerizing solo rendition of The Left Banke's "Walk Away Renee" that was filmed outdoors against the backdrop of a vibrant New England sunset.
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