Johnny and the Headhunters


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Band/Artist Name & Pronunciation: Johnny and the Headhunters

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Story behind your band/artist name: Since he was a young boy, Johnny Ticktin felt the call of blues deep in his heart and soul. Day and night he listened to the recordings of the great legends of the genre, so he soon decided his life will be devoted to play guitar and sing the blues. He started to hang around blues circles and play as much as possible. Harmonica player and good friend Larry Wise introduced him to Louisiana Red and together they formed a trio known as Nobody’s Children which extensively toured along United States and Canada. Thanks to Louisiana Red, Johnny could meet many of those Chicago blues legends he had so deeply admired when he was a young guy. Now Ticktin leads his own band, The Headhunters which, besides doing regular and frequent tours, has just released its eighth album. Once again this new release shows Johnny’s loose and uninhibited as well as sweet smell and lively style, displayed in ten good versions that cover different kinds of blues like swamp blues, roadhouse blues, funky groovin' blues or even mambo blues, but always focused in Chicago blues roots, that becomes the band more distinctive stamp. Now Johnny has consolidated his career based on hard work, a passionately playing and the eight released albums, that become an excellent business card. VERY GOOD.

Band Members: John Ticktin Steve Shaw Clark Matthews

What part of the DC region is the artist tied to and how? Where is the artist's current home base if not DC : Bethesda

At least 3 interesting/entertaining facts about the band related to persons/events in Washington DC area: Played the Chesapeake Bay Blues Festival with
Aretha, Jerry Lee Lewis, Steppenwolf.
Managed to put out 8 albums and stay together for 30 years.
Our new Album has been # 1 on the RMR blues charts for 11 weeks and is spinning heavily all around the world.
Our PR is Done by Blind Raccoon who also just released Buddy Guys new #1 album.

Anything else we should know, or you want to share: Johnny and the Headhuntets thrive on making people dance.
Our beats are infectious and you can’t sit still

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Instagram Handle: @johnnyandtheheadhunters

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Main Genre: Blues

Other Genres: Rockabilly, New Orleans funk, soul, Roots music