Just Like Rain

by Dylan Lee Johnston

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about

You can infer a lot about a person's record collection, influences and worldly experiences just from listening to their original songs. You will know if they bothered to dig farther back and listen to the things that inspired their heroes to create. You will know if they ever wandered the world, if they are well traveled.

The debut album of Dylan Lee Johnston, Just Like Rain, is the story of a poet traveling through the darkness of the world, seeking out those who can point him towards the light.

Just Like Rain is most certainly a worldly collection of songs inspired in equal parts by New Orleans street soul, the ghettos of Kingston, Toots & The Maytals, Tom Waits, Elliott Smith, The Clash and a youth spent on the road following the Grateful Dead.

The Debut Album was recorded at Club roar in Nashville, TN. The man behind the knobs was engineer/producer Patrick Damphier (Fielddays, Angel Olson, Stone Jack Jones, Minabirds) who also lent his considerable skills as bassist and drummer on many tracks.

"Please Don't Go" is a three chord summer smash. Thumping radio rhythms and pure rock n roll swagger with existential lyrics pushing towards a youthful Carpe Diem.

"What if I cannot overcome my mortality? And tonight is the only night and after this I'll be free?"

Other musicians on Just Like Rain include Bucky Baxter (Bob Dylan, Ryan Adams, Steve Earle, REM) who lent his chops on the pedal steel throughout the record, Sam Doores (The Deslondes, Hurray for the Riff Raff) graced the record booth with his blues harp & barbershop harmonies along with Sallie Ford, Ariel Bui & Megan Palmer singing harmonies, keys, violin and harmonium. Brian Wright dropped into the recording sessions with his harmonica and delta blues whine as well as Kai Welch and Aaron Till's soulful arrangements and motown symphony and horn sections, backing Galen Ballinger's cacophony of sound and edgy lead guitar stylings throughout the record.

Poetry was inside the Rock n Roll spirit of Patti Smith and it returns to us again here and now in the lyrics and experience of Dylan Lee Johnston.



Tim Easton

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released December 29, 2016

Mixed, Mastered & Produced by Patrick Damphier @ Club Roar in Nashville, TN

All songs written by Dylan Lee Johnston

Do not share, copy or broadcast.

Dylan Lee Johnston: Vocals, Guitars, Piano, Percussion, Upright Bass, Synth, Organ

Patrick Damphier: Drums, Percussion, Bass, Guitars, Piano, Synth, Organ, Vocals

Megan Palmer: Violin, Piano, Organ, Harmonium, Rhodes, Vocals

Aaron Till: Violin, Vocals

Kai Welch: Trumpet

Tim Easton: Guitar, Vocals

Ariel Bui: Vocals

Kingston Springs Boys: Vocals

Galen Ballinger: Guitar, Vocals

Brian Wright: harmonica

Sam Doores: Harmonica, Vocals

Sallie Ford: Vocals

Bucky Baxter: Steel Guitar

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Dylan Lee Johnston 2015

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Dylan Lee Johnston Nashville, Tennessee

Dylan Lee Johnston is an Alaskan musician, performing and writing between Nashville and New Orleans currently

He may buy a one way ticket to Barcelona if things keep going they way they have been

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