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San Francisco native Dennis Johnson is one of the virtuoso slide guitar players performing today with a deep passion for preserving and innovating roots music.  

Dennis and his band, The Mississippi Ramblers, deliver standout professionally arranged live performances that incorporate Roots, Americana, Blues, New Orleans, Rock, Swing, and more.  The electrifying live show has been called "A Must See!" Modesto View Magazine.  The band brings audiences to their feet at festivals, theaters, and concert series.  

"Slide Guitar Master' 

- GUITAR WORLD Magazine


Dennis Johnson's new album Rhythmland was released on September 15 with an accompanying tour.   The reviews have been phenomenal.  "Rhythmland is a modern masterpiece... done with power and an incredible degree of passion." Reflections in Blue Magazine.  “5 stars out of 5 ...one of the best albums of the year in any genre.” Hot Wax Magazine     "Slide guitar master Dennis Johnson leads us on a breathless tour ...in the land of rhythm" Living Blues Magazine

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"Dennis and associates are surely destined for bigger and better things ...
This guy is up there in the pantheon of outstanding purveyors of the slide guitar tradition."   BLUES BLAST MAGAZINE

"Slide guitar master Dennis Johnson leads us on a breathless tour of nooks and crannies in the land of rhythm."
LIVING BLUES MAGAZINE

“5 starts out of 5 ...one of the best albums of the year in any genre.”   HOT WAX MAGAZINE

"Slide guitarists who hit the big time don’t emerge all that often — the genre hasn’t seen much new blood this century outside of Derek Trucks and Luther Dickinson.  ... Dennis Johnson might be joining their ranks soon."  GOOD NEW MUSIC MAGAZINE

"Slide Guitar Master"   GUITAR WORLD MAGAZINE

"Rhythmland is a modern masterpiece ... done with power and an incredible degree of passion."
REFLECTIONS IN BLUES MAGAZINE

"Dennis Johnson demonstrates his command of the slide guitar combining rhythm and slide fueled by his mastery of tone and phrasing."   BLUES IN BRITAIN MAGAZINE

"Johnson is one of those master musicians"  
CASHBOX MAGAZINE

"Absolutely superb guitar playing!"  
BBC RADIO HOST PAUL JONES

"Dennis Johnson is the real deal!"  
JACK DOUGLAS, PRODUCER AEROSMITH , BOB DYLAN

"His fretwork is amazingly adept."  
BLUES BYTES MAGAZINE

"Master slide guitarist"                              
ROOTSTIME MAGAZINE

RECENT TOUR DATES

LIVE AT THE DIVIDE - Bozeman, MT
SAUSALITO JAZZ & BLUES BY THE BAY - Sausalito, CA      
POINT RICHMOND MUSIC FESTIVAL - Richmond, CA
AMERICAN RIVER MUSIC FESTIVAL - Lotus, CA
NAPA RED, WHITE & BLUES FESTIVAL - Napa, CA
VETERANS MEMORIAL AMPHITHEATER - Napa, CA
GUILD THEATER - Sacramento, CA
WEST SIDE THEATRE - Newman, CA
SUTTER CREEK THEATRE - Sutter Creek, CA
SAMPLE THE SIERRA MUSIC FESTIVAL - Lake Tahoe, CA
COORS LIGHT CRAWDAD FESTIVAL - Woodland, CA\
SAN FRANCISCO FOLK FESTIVAL  - San Francisco, CA
FOSTER CITY ART & WINE FESTIVAL - Foster, City, CA
YUBA SUTTER BLUES & BREWS FESTIVAL - Yuba City, CA
BURLINGAME ON THE AVENUE FESTIVAL - Burlingame, CA
BELLTOWER BLUES FESTIVAL - Placerville, CA
ST. HELENA CONCERT IN THE PARK SERIES - St. Helena, CA
NAPA CITY NIGHTS CONCERT SERIES - Napa, CA
CALISTOGA CONCERT IN THE PARK SERIES - Calistoga, CA
MILL VALLEY CONCERT IN THE PARK SERIES - Mill Valley, CA
CALAVERAS CONCERT IN THE PARK SERIES - Valley Springs, CA
BOGLE WINERY CONCERT SERIES - Clarksburg, CA
AMADOR SUMMER MUSIC SERIES - Jackson, CA
GRACE PATRIOT WINERY CONCERT SERIES  - Placerville, CA
LIVE AT JULLIARD SUMMER CONCERT SERIES  - Santa Rosa, CA
FRANCIS FORD COPPOLA CONCERT SERIES - Geyserville, CA
ORINDA CONCERTS IN THE PARK SERIES - Orinda, CA
TRACY CONCERTS IN THE PARK SERIES - Tracy, CA
ABUNDANCE VINEYARDS CONCERT SERIES - Lodi, CA
CURTIS PARK CONCERTS IN THE PARK SERIES - Sacramento, CA
FOLSOM CONCERTS IN THE PARK SERIES - Folsom, CA
YUBA CITY CONERTS IN THE PARK SERIES - Yuba City, CA
RIPKEN VINEYARDS SUMMER CONCERT SERIES - Lodi, CA
MCMENAMINS THE OLD CHIRCH - Wilsonville, OR
MCMENAMINS WHITE EAGLE - Portland, OR
EMERALD OF SIAM - Richland, WA
THE WAUCOMA CLUB - Hood River, OR
SPINELLAS - Gresham, OR
SACRAMENTO METRO ARTS HOLIDAY CONCERT SERIES - Sacramento, CA
VIANSA WINERY SUMMER MUSIC SERIES - Sonoma, CA
THE FILLMORE - San Francisco, CA

UPCOMING TOUR DATES

BAND INFO

DENNIS JOHNSON - SLIDE GUITAR / VOCALS

San Francisco native Dennis Johnson is one of the virtuoso slide guitar players performing today.   His recent record Slide Avenue included two #1 Songs - UK Roots Radio Charts, The Wind is Howlin and Back on my Feet, the #6 Song - US Roots Radio Charts, Swingin At The Savoy, and the album was the #2 Album - UK Roots Radio Charts for 5 consecutive weeks.   He has collaborated with musical artists including renowned multi-insturmentalist Joe Craven, acclaimed Nashville sax player Sam Levine, acclaimed drummer Tim Metz, and bassist Jonathan Stoyanoff.

 

TIM METZ - DRUMS

Tim Metz is a Sacramento based drummer with an impressive resume.  Since his early days as an apprentice to Tower of Power drummer David Garibaldi, Metz has performed with some of the world's greatest jazz musicians, including Grammy Award winning jazz bassist Christian McBrideGrammy nominee saxophonist Jeff Clayton, trombonist Wycliffe Gordon, pianist Donald Brown, vibraphonist Stefon Harris, bassist Jennifer Leitham, pianist Joe Gilman, and pianist Jim Martinez. Tim was a producer on Dennis Johnson's album Slide Avenue (2014).

 

JONATHAN STOYANOFF - BASS

Jonathan Stoyanoff attended the Berklee College of Music in Boston, MA on a performance scholarship.  Afterwards, he co-founded the group Pimp the Cat, which included Mark Greenberg, (Dickey Betts, Ronnie Earl), and Steve Grzeskowiak, (Angelique Kidjo).  Jonathan  toured with recording artist Johnny A, and spent four years on the road with Global Funk Council playing over 600 shows.  Jonathan has played with and/or shared the bill with Larry CoryellB.B. KingJoe CravenRobert CrayBill WymanHuey LewisDave Mason, Brian JordanJackie Greene, and The Isley Brothers.  Jonathan has an endorsement with Zon and Fodera basses.

 

BOOKING CONTACT

Joy Viray
Savant Entertainment
(530) 318-0400
booking@dennisjohnsonslide.com