Johnny A. & Kasim Sulton: Songs & Stories **All Ages Matinee**
33 West St.
Annapolis, MD, 21401
Doors 12:00 PM / Show 1:00 PM
This event is all ages
One of the most revered guitarists working the scene today, Boston’s own Johnny A. has created a 3 plus decade-spanning career built on his virtuosic playing, compositional fortitude and distinctive style. Sure, lots of folks throw around the phrase “let the music do the talking,” but only a few have the fortitude to really do it – to just go out there and play, shunning flash, shrugging off image and reeling in the listener on the strength of the songs alone.
Johnny A. is that kind of performer. This Massachusetts-based guitarist and bandleader has proven himself capable of generating heat at venues from working class bars to international Festivals like Montreal Jazz Festival, Japan's FUJI Rock or Eric Clapton’s Crossroads Festival – and every sort of venue in between. And when the house lights are turned up he’s just as adept at captivating serious students of the six-string with a virtuosity that earned him the rare honor of having his name placed on Signature Gibson® and Epiphone® guitars.
That take-no-prisoners attitude has been ingrained in Johnny A. since he first set foot on a stage, whether as leader of locally-acclaimed Boston acts or in the company of acclaimed artists like Bobby Whitlock (Derek and the Dominos) or J. Geils frontman Peter Wolf – whose band he anchored for more than seven years, and most recently (2015-2018) as the touring lead guitarist for the iconic British Rock and Roll Hall of Fame band, The Yardbirds - occupying a seat previously held by Eric Clapton, Jeff Beck and Jimmy Page.
“I want to create instrumental music and deliver it like a vocalist,” he says “You can be a great player, on any instrument, and people will take notice…but what people really remember is someone who brings them a great melody.” It fully came to the fore in 1999, when he independently issued his first solo album, Sometime Tuesday Morning – a disc that got rereleased by Steve Vai’s Favored Nations/SONY-Red label and went on to sell 100,000+ copies and produced “Oh Yeah,” a single that went to #1 across the USA on the AAA charts (a feat no instrumental song had accomplished in more than a decade).
With four solo releases under his belt, this Grammy nominated artist was also voted “Blues Artist of the Year (2010 Boston Music Awards) and was inducted into the Boston Music Hall of Fame (2014). The journeying continues and ever the restless spirit, Johnny A. continues to glide across genres effortlessly. His current offering “Just Me…And My Guitars” celebrates songs, in a solo intimate presentation, that influenced him as an aspiring young musician.
A true journeyman, singer/songwriter/multi-instrumentalist Kasim Sulton has toured and recorded with artists as diverse as Meat Loaf, Todd Rundgren, Ringo Starr, Joan Jett, Hall and
Oates, Cheap Trick, the re-formed version of The Cars, Blue Oyster Cult, and Don Felder. He has also played and or sang on over 150 albums as well as writing the Top 20 Hit “Set Me Free” that appears on the Adventures In Utopia record.
In 1981, Kasim signed with EMI America and recorded his first self titled album. Taking a brief leave from his Utopia duties, he formed his own band and played to audiences across the US. Through the 80’s and into the 90’s Kasim toured and recorded with Joan Jett, Patty Smyth, Hall & Oates, and Cheap Trick.
After lending his vocals to the million+ selling album Bat Out Of Hell II, Kasim was asked by Meat Loaf to join his band as the rhythm guitarist and keyboard player. He switched from that position to Musical Director and Bass player in 1998, producing the Meat Loaf VH1 Storyteller’s record in 1999. Kasim never stopped writing his own songs and has released three critically acclaimed solo albums.
Often described as ‘a musicians musician’, Kasim continues to maintain a strong presence in the music industry. His current solo shows are a combination of original material complimented by memorable selections from the myriad of artists he’s worked with throughout his career. The audience is always treated to behind-the-scenes stories for a glimpse into a life spent touring and making records with some of the best known artists of our time.
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