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Going Somewhere

by Scott Albert Johnson

Scott Albert Johnson's diverse musical soul is at the core of his new album, Going Somewhere. Scott incorporates elements of American, European, and world music, mixed with thoughtful lyrics, strong vocals, and virtuosic and progressive harmonica playing.
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1. Going Somewhere
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2. If I Only Knew the Words
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3. Jailbird
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4. Haunt My Dreams
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5. All
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6. A Bigger Gun
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7. I Don't Remember
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8. Simply Human
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9. Fragments
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
“Scott Albert Johnson’s songs cover a kaleidoscopic range of life experiences, inner imaginings, and song styles. It’s as if he found the vestal harmonica that fell from the sky and, without any prior context, discovered his own, singular language in which to relate to and summon song from this object that somehow fell from the heavens. The joy and wonder in which he encounters this celestial object, and arranges the sounds and silences of this newfound world are, in a word, profound… Experience the joy and wonder of it … this is a ride worth taking, folks.”
(Paul Messinger, Harmonica Happenings [the official magazine of the Society for the Preservation and Advancement of the Harmonica])

“Going Somewhere is the most original and compelling take on rock harmonica that I’ve heard in years. You should go out and buy it right now.” (Richard Hunter, author of Jazz Harp [the original instructional book on jazz harmonica], hunterharp.com)

“There are harmonica players and then there is Scott Albert Johnson... one of the best harp players in the world.” (Cashbox Music Reviews)

With his latest release, Going Somewhere, Johnson’s songs evoke a common theme of “going somewhere” – or not – as individuals, partners, nations, or as a common species.

“If I Only Knew the Words” deals with songwriting and communication in relationships, and how they can both be stymied despite the best of intentions. “All” takes on the modern dead-end obsession with acquiring more and more “stuff.” “Jailbird” is the tale of a lifetime convict who’s not going anywhere, anytime soon. One of two covers on the album is Peter Gabriel’s “I Don’t Remember,” an account of interrogation and surveillance that remains as relevant today as it was during the Cold War. “Simply Human” addresses the emergence of artificial intelligence and the ever-grayer divide between machine and man. "Fragments” – the album’s final track featuring only piano, harmonica and vocal – explores humanity’s place in the universe. The album’s musical personnel includes some of Mississippi’s finest musicians, as well as New Orleans funk stalwarts Robert Mercurio and Jeff Raines (from GALACTIC) on the title track.

All songs written and composed by Scott Albert Johnson

(©2015 Monkaroo Music/BMI) except:

(4) Lyrics and music by Brett Winston
(5) Lyrics by SAJ; music by SAJ, Chris Alford, Kenny Graeber, Travis Lamb
(7) Lyrics and music by Peter Gabriel (Real World Music LTD/BMI)
(8) Lyrics by SAJ; title by Chris Alford
(See All Music/BMI); music by SAJ
and Chris Alford
(9) Lyrics by SAJ; music by SAJ and Chalmers Davis
(Chazmosis Music/ASCAP)

Lyrics available at scottalbertjohnson.com/goingsomewhere

Scott Albert Johnson: lead and backing vocals, harmonica
Guitar: Jeff Raines (1), Cody Smith (2, 8);
Brett Winston (4); Bob Gates (4);
Chris Alford (3, 5, 7); Sherman Lee Dillon (6)
Bass guitar: Robert Mercurio (1), Raphael Semmes (2, 4), Tommy Raines (3, 5, 6, 7)
Keyboards and synths: Chalmers Davis
Drums and percussion: Denny Burkes (1), Ted Gainey (1), Steve Cook (2, 8); Hagen Curl (4); Kenny Graeber (3, 5, 6, 7)
Banjo: Barry Sullivan (6)
Mandolin: Andy Wiley (6)
Programming: Ted Gainey (8)
Backing vocals: Holley Peel (2), Brett Winston (4), Ted Gainey (9)

Produced by Scott Albert Johnson.

Co-production by Cody Smith (2),
Jonathan Scarborough (7), and Ted Gainey (8).

Engineers: Tim Cotton (Prime Mobile),
Randy Everett (Terminal), Ted Gainey (Windy Ridge), Chris George and Daniel Majorie (The Living Room), Jonathan Scarborough and Andy Wiley (The Shop), Vince Johnston (Brudog), and Cody Smith. Mastered by Randy Everett.

Art direction by Denny Burkes.

Photography by Susan Margaret Barrett, susanmargaret.com. Frontcover:somewhere over Spain. Back cover: Hawkins Field, Jackson, Mississippi – thanks to Will Dickson.

Publicity: David Avery and Melissa Zeigler of Powderfinger Promotions, powderfingerpromo.com

Scott Albert Johnson plays Seydel Harmonicas (with customization by Mike Fugazzi and tech work by Greg Jones). He uses effects pedals by Lone Wolf Blues and microphones by BlowsMeAway Productions.

Going Somewhere would not be here without the work, support, and encouragement of many, many people. This recording was funded in part by a Performing Arts Fellowship from the Mississippi Arts Commission, as well as a Kickstarter campaign.

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