About Johnny DeFrancesco
When Johnny was ten years old, his father suggested that he use his savings to buy a guitar and he's been playing and singing ever since. By the time he was 14, he was already performing in local Philadelphia jazz clubs with his father. Only when he started listening to a variety of blues artists did he begin to pioneer his own style. His insatiable appetite for the blues was the foundation for his success in years to come. At the age of 18 Johnny had already achieved wide recognition on the Philadelphia scene for his stellar blues vocals and guitar playing.
The inspiration behind Johnny's music is not limited to one style. He is considered a blues guitartist, but he has been influenced by many artists such as B.B. King, Jimi Hendrix and Albert Collins, as well as jazz artists Kenny Burrell, George Benson, Wes Montgomery and Grant Green, and by classic blues legend T-Bone Walker. All of these great artists played important roles in inspiring Johnny to create his own niche in the music world.
While he was living in the San Francisco Bay area for several years, Johnny continued to play blues, making a name for himself as he appeared at many famous blues venues on the West Coast. Playing with blues greats such as Duke Jethro, Johnny Lee Hooker, Luther Tucker, Johnny Heartsman and Ike Turner, Johnny DeFrancesco continued to hone his skills and carve out a style of music unlike any other. After a year performing in Phoenix, Johnny brought his new brand of 'smokin' blues back to the East Coast and exploded onto the scene.
Besides his own recordings, Johnny can be heard on The Reese Project (Blue Etude, 2000, Wyndfall).
In August of 1996, Johnny joined the faculty at Berklee College of Music in Boston, Mass., as an assistant professor. He has also managed to tour successfully throughout the U.S. In June of 1997, the Fender Musical Instruments Company and Guild Guitars signed Johnny to an endorsement for their guitars, amplifiers and accessories. He has appeared in ads for Fender and Guild in Guitar Player Magazine, the Fender Frontline, and the inaugural issue of the Guild Gallery.
In 2009, the Johnny DeFrancesco Power Trio released "I Saw It
Comin'" on the Vectordisc label. "I
Saw It Comin'" is available from the CD Baby website as well
In 2011, Johnny and Joey DeFrancesco released "The DeFrancesco Brothers Joey & Johnny" on the Vectordisc label. This set of tracks is the first project that double-bills the DeFrancesco brothers and showcases eight songs that get back to their Philly roots and have been blasting up the charts. Now available on iTunes and CD Baby.