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Chuck Johnson

Chuck Johnson

Omid Zoufonoun

Zelienople, ADT, Chuck Johnson, Marielle Jakobsons 

When: Wed., July 8, 8 p.m. 2015
Price: donation suggested
Featuring dynamic compositions and resonant fingerpicking, Chuck Johnson’s solo albums A Struggle Not a Thought and Crows in the Basilica stand up to anything currently being recorded in the acoustic style known as American primitive guitar. Formerly based in North Carolina, the Bay Area musician and composer has worked in a myriad of styles for over 20 years, and elements of his endeavors enrich his latest LP, Blood Moon Boulder (Scissor Tail Productions). While it includes some elegantly constructed rustic airs that could have appeared on either of the aforementioned records, its first track, “Corvid Tactics,” juxtaposes a jaunty Piedmont blues rhythm with languid, Hindustani-style slide figures. Another slide piece, “The Deer and the Snake,” melts into a glistening, electronic drone. And on “Private Violence” Johnson switches to electric and pedal-steel guitars, using patient rests and longer sustained tones to link country music to minimalism. Violin/keyboard/flute player Marielle V. Jakobsons (Date Palms, Myrmyr) contributes violin on “The Deer and the Snake” and will play a set of her own tonight (Johnson will join her on bass). —Bill Meyer

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