Richard Johnston to play Yesapalooza 2
Richard Johnston will make his second Greensboro appearance Wednesday, April 13 when he headlines YES! Weekly’s, Yesapolooza 2 at Solaris Tapas Restaurant on Summit Ave.
The fun-filled event begins at 6 pm with free food, beer, wine, and some great drink specials provided by Solaris. Lyndon Street Artworks will also have a brand new collection on display. Johnston begins his show at 8 pm.
Johnston has become to the blues community what Ani Franco is to alternative rock, a totally independent performer who’s making an international name for himself without any corporate music industry support.
Once a regular at Junior Kimbrough’s Mississippi roadhouse, Johnston has developed his own style of hill-country drone music. His sound is more authentic than the North Mississippi Allstars and hypnotic in its ability to transport audiences into a pleasure zone that makes him a one-man band.
Even though he won the International Blues Challenge, the Memphis contest the Northeast Blues Society sends its Colossal Contenders winner to every year, he still can be found playing literally on Beale Street in Memphis most Saturday nights. Perhaps the highest paid busker in the world, he generates an average of $1500 in CD sales every time he plays on the street.
He plays a diddley bow, a crude stringed instrument with one string and a Cuban cigar box as a body. He plays drums with his feet and blows harmonica when not singing.
His slide playing earned him a standing ovation in front of thousands the first time he played in Texas two summers ago, where he was up against competition from native artists such as Jim Suhlman (Thorogood’s lead guitarist) and some of the best axe choppers in Austin.
The event is free and co-sponsored by Solaris, Lyndon Street Artworks and your favorite newspaper, YES! Weekly.