Johnny High-Hat | Heart of a Clown

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Heart of a Clown

by Johnny High-Hat

Acoustic western swing music with contemporary arrangements and a timeless tone. Featuring members of The Wiyos, and legendary Kansas finger-picker/arranger Steve Jirak. A compelling set of standards, vintage country, and lesser known gems.
Genre: Country: Western Swing
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  Song Share Time Download
1. It Must Be Love
3:06 $0.99
2. Route 66
2:58 $0.99
3. Rockin', Rollin' Ocean
4:14 $0.99
4. Heart of a Clown
2:39 $0.99
5. Gingerbread Waltz
2:11 $0.99
6. One More Ride
2:58 $0.99
7. Pipeliner Blues
2:11 $0.99
8. September Song
5:19 $0.99
9. (Now and Then There's) A Fool Such as I
2:37 $0.99
10. South
2:51 $0.99
11. Pennies from Heaven
3:31 $0.99
12. 'deed I Do
1:53 $0.99
13. A Thousand Goodnights
4:19 $0.99
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Album Notes
There is the old adage — “it’s the singer not the song.” With Johnny High-Hat’s new recording, Heart of a Clown, it’s both the singer and the song! From the musical barrooms of Nashville to the hallowed stage of the Berliner Ensemble, High-Hat’s (stage name of John Highkin) diverse experiences are borne out in the song selection of his debut recording.

High-Hat tackles everything from well-known standards (“Pennies from Heaven,” “Route 66,” and “September Song”), vintage country (“Rockin’, Rollin’ Ocean,” “(Now and Then There’s) A Fool Such As I”) and lesser known gems (“It Must Be Love” and “A Thousand Goodnights”) to present a cohesive set of songs that address hunger, longing, and sadness, change and affirmation.

Far from being a rote recreation or postmodern pastiche, High-Hat — with the help of cracker-jack producers/ arrangers/ accompanists Mark Danisovszky and Steve Jirak — has given the songs of Heart of a Clown compelling, contemporary arrangements and a timeless tone that insures his debut won’t be pigeonholed as a backward looking genre exercise. Heart of a Clown also features the talents of the nationally acclaimed roots band The Wiyos on four tracks—adding further musical depth and character.

As you listen to High-Hat’s recording debut, let the songs settle in and move your spirit—you’ll be singing and humming along while you enjoy the ride.



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