What people are saying about "Colorway"
“Johnson’s guitar playing is agile, ferocious and perfectly paired to his tight rhythm section. A stunning debut.” —Vincent Bator, Examiner.com
“Spanning the spectrum of rock styles (and the neck of his guitar), Johnson’s 12 original songs are held up as much by their sweet guitar riffs as by their catchy, stuck-in-your-head-all-day melodies.” —Erin McDaniel, Valley Advocate
“Really strong, original, flowing music, with terrific musicianship and nice production. First-rate.” —John Montanari, New England Public Radio
“Wonderful music!! … natural, tight, melodic, warm, real … *just music!* — Lord Litter, Musician /DJ, Lord Litter’s Magic Music Box, Berlin, Germany
“. . . insanely great.” —Jim Neill, Iron Horse Entertainment Group/WRSI -
This is a rock and roll record.
No doubt everyone will draw their own conclusions, that's the beauty of music. But for those who are looking for a sound bite or Twitter-length summary, "This is a rock and roll record" frames it perfectly.
Rock and roll, of course, has many variations–different colors, different hues. And so it is with the debut release of Colorway: Each song looks out from a different perspective and feel. Each tune wanders down its own melodious path. Each lyric spins a different tale.
Each song has its own Colorway.
With the release of this eponymous recording, the members of Colorway hope to bring listeners to the same magical place they inhabited while making the record, which is the reason music touches all of us in so many ways.
Frontman/songwriter F. Alex Johnson started the band in the winter of 2012 after taking a five-year hiatus from recording. Formerly lead guitarist and co-founder of the Northampton, Mass. roots-rockers Drunk Stuntmen, he left the band in 2008, but never stopped writing, practicing and performing. Since 2004, Alex has been busy touring at home and abroad as the guitarist with senior sensations The Young@Heart Chorus. But his passion for telling his own stories with their own musical hues led him to assemble Colorway.
The band takes on the classic power trio format with Johnson on guitar and vocals, JJ O'Connell on drums, percussion and backing vocals, and Dave Hayes on bass and backing vocals.
The songs strive to blend the personal with the universal. Love, loss, regret, and redemption are recurring themes throughout the record, but there are many more subtle emotional colors as well. And like a famous quote, a lover's note, or even a poignant piece of graffiti, Alex and his band hope the album's tunes and tales linger in the listener's memory.
The band believes it has created something unique, but because we live in a age of comparisons, let's just say Colorway's debut should please fans of XTC, Nils Lofgren, Beck, Wilco, Richard Thompson, and The Black Crowes.
So while this may be a rock and roll record, it's really just a way of starting a conversation. And from that point on it'll be up to the listener to decide if they want to keep in touch.
Just about everyone has a favorite color. And with the release of "Colorway" the band hopes the listener may find one or more of the 12 hues on the record's palette to happily call their own.
Produced by F. Alex Johnson
Recorded by Mark Alan Miller at Sonelab Studios in Easthampton, MA in April and May, 2013.
released June 4, 2013
All songs written by F. Alex Johnson except:
"Go Back To Sleep" written by F. Alex Johnson and Jodi Nicholas
F. Alex Johnson: guitar/vocals
Dave Hayes: bass/backing vocals
J.J. O'Connell: drums/backing vocals/percussion
Additional vocals: Dave Houghton, Jodi Nicholas
Strings arranged and conducted by Dave Trenholm
Violin: Joe Jewett
Viola: Delores Thayer
Cello: Rebecca Hartka
Recorded, Mixed and Mastered by Mark Alan Miller at Sonelab, Easthampton, MA
Photos by Jodi Nicholas and
Cover art: "Running Fast" by Pietro Spica
CD tray art: "Falling Confetti" by Laura Nugent.
Legal: Peter Irvine
All songs copyright 2013 Molehill Mountain Productions (SESAC).
PO Box 60660
For Judith Ann and Jodi Lynn
Special thanks to:
Jodi Lynn Nicholas, Judith Ann Johnson, Lynda Jean Johnson, Paul Brown, Jane and James Nicholas, Bob Cilman, Young@Heart Chorus, Steve Sanderson (and all in Drunk Stuntmen), Jocelyn Merrick, The O'Connell Family, Andrew Bissaro, Laura Nugent, Pietro Spica, Nik Asikis, Don Francis Robinson, Melissa Karoutas, R. Michelson Galleries, Dave Dumas, Tom Pappalardo (Standard Design), Bronwen Hodgkinson (Ardent Design), Tom Adams, Peter Irvine, Hahn Guitars, George Lenker, The Spindle City and you. Yes, you.
And a huge thank you to all the people who taught me, inspired me, disciplined me, believed in me, and had patience with me. It allowed me to change and evolve over this very lifetime. Many never get that chance and I consider myself endlessly blessed to be able to make this very lengthy note of it.
For lyrics, tour dates and just about everything else please go to www.colorwaymusic.com