By Thomas S. Orwat Jr.
Damon Johnson is living his rock n' roll dream. The 51 year old musician from Monroeville, Alabama has just released an impressive 5 song EP entitled, 'ECHO.' This release proves that Johnson is a unique, truly well rounded musican, singer and songwriter. In addition, Johnson will be touring Europe next month with the classic rock band Thin Lizzy, which he joined in 2011 as a co-lead guitarist.
Johnson, first received international acclaim with his band, Brother Cane, which he fronted from 1990-1998. The debut album from Brother Cane sold over 250k units. Soon after, Damon began writing with some of music's biggest stars, such as Stevie Nicks, Faith Hill and Sammy Hagar. This eventually lead to Johnson landing a gig in 2004, as a co-lead guitarist with one of his music idols, Alice Cooper. While with "the Coop" (how Johnson refers to Alice Cooper), he co- wrote the 2005 album,'Dirty Diamonds.' Johnson rocked and shocked the music world from 2004-2011 performing with the Alice Cooper band.
Then in 2011, he received a call from Thin Lizzy guitarist Scott Gorham asking if he would be interested in joining Thin Lizzy. It was a difficult decision for Johnson, but with the blessings of Alice Cooper, Johnson decided to leave the Alice Cooper band and take on an even bigger role as an integral part of Thin Lizzy. At first, Thin Lizzy was to only perform classic Thin Lizzy songs, but as time went on, Johnson, Gorham and vocalist Ricky Warwick decided that they wanted to write new music.
In 2012, the decision was made to let the Thin Lizzy legacy rest, and record new material under a diiferent band name. They decided on "Black Star Riders" as the new band name. Since then, the Black Star Riders have released two critically acclaimed records that play tribute to the vintage Thin Lizzy style duo guitar attack, but with a bit more of a modern edge. This is a band which will be a dominant force in rock music for many years to come.
What follows is an exclusive interview with Damon Johnson. In this interview, we discuss his new EP, 'ECHO' and much more.
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