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The Tale of Johnny Load

by The Nancy Atlas Project

A New Rock Sea Shanty inspired by true events. The Nancy Atlas Project teams up with Chad Smith of RHCP on drums to tell the tale of local Montauk fisherman, Johnny Aldridge, aka Johnny Load who got lost at sea in the middle of the night. Epic ballad.
Genre: Folk: Sea Shanties
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1. The Tale of Johnny Load (feat. Chad Smith)
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Album Notes
Nancy Atlas is an established singer- songwriter who lives full time in Montauk, New York. Her band, The Nancy Atlas Project, have broken many house attendance records in almost every venue they have played on the East End. The Famous Stephen Talkhouse, Baystreet Theater and The Surf Lodge to name a few. She is known for her raw live performances and bare bone songwriting. Backed by the fierce combo of Johnny Blood on Lead Guitar, Richard Rosch on vocals and Drums, Neil Surreal on Organ, Keys, Accordion or Harp and Brett King on Bass this band has thrown down hard for many years.

Chad Smith of the RHCP's is a world renowned drummer bad ass. He plays like nothing else matters in the world and inspires greatness when ever he sits in with Nancy's band. They are, in short, pals. Chad had always offered to sit in with Nancy if she needed it but never in a million years imaged that she would call him in on a Sea Shanty. He sat, worked over the song with her and what exists now is truly a beautiful collaboration of two passionate musicians creating something even better by working together.

It was July of 2014 when Nancy's friend Johnny Aldridge, aka Johnny Load, went to haul a cooler on his boat and the handle snapped. It was 3 am in the morning and John fell back off his boat, The Anna Mary and into the dark black sea. His partner, Anthony Sosinsky (aka Little Anthony), was asleep in the hull and didn't hear a thing. He woke up at 6 am and just found a broken handle on the main deck with no sign of Johnny. What happened next was an epic battle of survival as Johnny strapped his floating boots to his chest and endured the hot sun, sharks and the fear of not being found.

The song starts with a minor riff to connote the sea. It comes back in the middle and then returns at the end to remind you that, "The Oceans your mother, your bitch and your lover and nobody get's to ride free. It's a roll of the dice If she'll let you survive so bow down boys to the queen."



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bow down boys to the queen
Nancy Atlas has created a sea shanty for the ages - sung with all of the passion of one who truly knows the power and mystery of the sea. She is a voice for the would-have-been unsung heroes in this tale. Hey Ho! They saved Captain Load! Monster production and the band is at its best. BTW , yes we all love us some Chad Smith and he sure brings it but GO SEE Nancy Atlas and her phenomenally talented band if you can and check out Richard Rosch on drums. Talk about unsung heroes. I understand this song originally had 6 more verses and I would LOVE to hear the EP version one day. As a former reviewer put it: Feel the chills. Download, Share. To which I might add: Raise a glass and sing along. Load lives.


True Tale told with True Talents
Nancy Atlas is a big talent with any song. Here, she has a true story of bravery, survival and love to inspire her to new heights. Chad Smith of RHCP joins her and her talented band adding inspired punctuation to this ballad.
Listen. Feel the chills. Download. Share.

Ellen D

You'll get chills - its a TRUE story!
I was fortunate enough to be in the audience at The Surf Lodge in Montauk, NY the day news came in that local fisherman John Aldridge had been found alive after being lost out at sea for something like 18 hours. It was against all odds that he was found alive - the very local crowd amassed at the Surf Lodge to see Nancy Atlas do her weekly Wednesday show went NUTS. Then about a year later Nancy and her band debuted the song she had written about Johnny's experience - again everyone went NUTS. Now it's available for everyone to enjoy!
The first time I heard it I got chills at the point where she sings "Mark! Mark!" I still do. Then Chad Smith of the Red Hot Chili Peppers got involved and it all went to another level, which considering it was already pretty damn high is an amazing thing. The drum solo is inspired.
Those of us lucky enough to live near Montauk, NY have been able to hear this song many times, several with Chad Smith, but this recording is a whole other experience. Nothing beats live we can all probably agree, but what Nancy, her bandmates, and Chad were able to accomplish in this recording is nothing short of spectacular. It's a great rock tune, with a driving beat and the flavor of a sea shanty and somehow that sense of history that you get in the best folk songs - very hard to describe but I believe this song will live on telling the Tale of Johnny Load for a long, long time. It is haunting, chill inspiring, uplifting, joyful and heartfelt.
Without ruining it for anyone who hasn't heard it - here's a tease - just when you think it's over at the end you get this surprise that brings the goosebumps back to full attention.
Nancy Atlas is a first class songwriter who should be on everyone's playlist and if the music business wasn't so damn difficult she'd be the world known rock star she was born to be. Instead, she's the Queen of Rock and Roll in the Hamptons and keeps pumping out first class, memorable songs like this one. I honestly urge anyone reading this to not only download The Tale of Johnny Load but check out her other songs - there's southern rock, Americana, New Orleans inspired, hard rock, soft rock and just about something for everyone.