About Johnny- Author, Musician, Producer, Detective
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"I AM THE BLUES"
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Johnny Barnes and Eddie Money
Johnny w/ Jefferson Starship's singer
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The Johnny Barnes Story
really began in the 60's.
And sure enough, the birth
of the blues soon followed.
young Johnny was
into music night & day.
Johnny's grandfather and grandmother were both musicians.
|Johnny started out on the drums, switched to harmonica, then
guitar, but he always sang.
Johnny started a series of bands through the 70's and 80's
Road work, recording, producing and writing for most of his life.
And with the
support of dad
and mom, he still
plays out with The
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Born in New Bedford, Mass. USA, Johnny played the
drums and attended boarding school in the
Berkshires. While a young teenager he sang and
played harmonica in a weekend blues band in New
York City's Greenwich Village in the late 60's. After 2
years at U-Mass Dartmouth, Johnny moved to Boston
and started a blues band, playing guitar. He drove a
taxicab, attended Berklee School of Music and Harvard
University Extension School.
Johnny Barnes sang and played guitar in all of the
famous nightclubs in greater Boston with many Rock
& Roll legends, producing and releasing a dozen
records. Local airplay and intense record company
interest led to a hit song in England and work with
legendary producer, Jimmy Miller, [Rolling Stones,
Spencer Davis Group, Blind Faith with Eric Clapton,
Traffic with Steve Winwood, Motorhead, Bonnie and
Delaney with Eric Clapton.]
Barnes moonlighted, helping manage Boston's largest
live music nightclub, The Channel, where his band
opened for numerous major acts through the 80's and
At the same time, Barnes was a paralegal investigator
for law firms, and an operative and operations
manager for Boston area private detective agencies.
Johnny worked for Mass Legal Services, the Mass
ACLU, and was a subcontract homicide investigator
for the state's Committee for Public Counsel. In 1991
Barnes left The Channel for a job as a full time police
patrol officer, FBI trained hostage negotiator, and
detective. He recently retired from The Force and
plays out with The NightCrawlers.
Johnny has played at gigs with Bo Diddley, Rory
Gallegher, Eric Burden and the Animals, Alvin Lee &
Ten Years After, Thin Lizzy, Blue Oyster Cult, John
Lee Hooker, Manfred Man, Genya Ravan and Ten
Wheel Drive, Southside Johnny and The Asbury Jukes,
The Cars, Foghat, Extreme, Cheap Trick, The Outlaws,
Luther Johnson, George Thorogood and the Delaware
Destroyers, Mink DeVille, The Joe Perry Project,
Robert Gordon and Link Wray.