Indie Montreal’s media relations department (IMTL Press) is excited to announce the release of Speedy Johnson’s debut album Before It’s Dark, which was released on April 7 and was marked by an album release show with Bad Uncle and Lucas Choi Zimbel at Divan Orange on the same date. The show saw Speedy being accompanied by musicians Ben Dwyer (The Barr Brothers) and Kevin Labchuk (Ol’ Savannah’s accordionist) and will be followed by a Quebec Tour (details below).
Before It’s Dark is Speedy Johnson’s debut album, wherein he blends his love for folk, rock‘n’roll, and psychedelic music. All the songs originate from a room, an acoustic guitar, a pen and notepad. Speedy then employed the services of notable Montreal musicians. Ram Krishnan (The Unsettlers, Bad Uncle, Ol’ Savannah) laid down the drums, Kevin Moquin (Bad Uncle) played on electric guitar and synthesizers, and Shaun Ryan (Franco Proietti Morph-tet) took care of bass on all songs. Guest appearances include Eli Camilo (Lemon Bucket Orkestra) on trombone and trumpet and Simone Leblanc (Tintamare) on saxophone. None of this would have been possible without Alex Pépin (bassist for Joseph Edgar and Samuele) who engineered the album in its entirety at Domaine le Frolic.
Quebec Tour Dates:
Apr. 13: Ottawa – Live! On Elgin
Apr. 20: Quebec – Le Scanner
Apr. 21: Chicoutimi – Le Sous-Bois
Apr. 22: Val-David – Le Baril Roulant
Jul. 15: Rawdon – Le Rawdon Swampfest
About Speedy Johnson:
His father always told him he was born a little bit French. This baffled Speedy, as he was born in Dayton, Ohio to an American and a half Puerto Rican Chinese. Fact is, the couple was traveling around Quebec while his mother was 8 months pregnant. Alas, the light of day came a month later upon his parents’ return to Ohio in the summer of ‘83. Fast forward to present day and we find Speedy Johnson living and breathing and creating music in Montreal. He laughs at the thought of being born in Quebec. It sure would have a saved a lot of time, energy, and resources. Little does it matter now. Speedy has a place in the life and culture of Quebec, having toured around the province on multiple occasions with Ol’ Savannah, a foot-stomping folk band with roots in the deep South. The band has been awarded grants from McAuslan Brewery and Canadian Independent Recording Artists’ Association (CIRAA) and has made an appearance at Montreal’s Folk Festival on the Canal, as well as being placed in the top 5 Country/Folk Acts in Cult MTL’s Best Of readers poll. Ol’ Savannah have also been invited to play Le Grand Soufflet festival in Rennes, France, this coming October. Johnson has also made an appearance on Belle et Bum with the jug band trio, Old Time Honey.