Tons of exiting stuff to announce as part of my first post of 2014! So I will get right to it.
Living In the Free World Video Release
My new single Living in the Free World, premiering on CultMTL and Exclaim!, will launch Tuesday February 18th as part of my residency at Bistro de Paris!
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Check out the video!
Andrew Johnston and the Hurricane cover the National
The National, is hosting a covers contest over at americanmary.com
This was a great excuse to go into the studio and cover one of our favorite bands, and it was also our first try at music video production. My lovely and talented wife Sarah McGough took care of the filming, and I handled edited duties. We are exited at the prospect of making more!
The National have been an influence on my work, since I had the pleasure of opening for them on the Alligator tour in 2005, so it was cool to have this opportunity to pay tribute!
Brace for Impact Part 1
I will be dividing my new album “Brace for Impact” into a string of digital installments. As mentioned the first single “Living In The Free World” is launching as part of the residency on February 18th.
This will be the first of three mini-releases, which will culminate in an E.P in June 2014, entitled “Brace for Impact: Part 1.”
You can stream the new single on Bandcamp:
I am sitting here in my parent’s comfortably appointed living room, looking out onto the winter wonderland that is the countryside outside of Ottawa. Although not a religious person, Christams is always a time of family togetherness for me, when I have the time to take stock of the past year and think about all that I have to be grateful for.
Of course this year has been particularly special, as I had the joy of welcoming my first child into the world, Charles Warren McGough Johnston. He’s named Charlie based on all the creative Charlies from Kaufman, Byrd and Harper that me and my wife are so fond of. Warren comes from Warren Zevon, the singular American songwriter with the genius pen and fiery temper that made him such a remarkable person. We can only hope that Charlie will leave his mark on this world in a no less formidable fashion.
A Time to Give Thanks
Once again I have to give a big holiday shout out to greenland productions for believing in my project and sticking me on a couple of pretty big shows in 2013. Highlights included opening a couple of dates for Milow at the Petit Imperial in Quebec City and Lion D’Or in Montreal. The show opening for Wakey!Wakey! last January was a bright spot, with many CDs sold and new fans made. It was a thrill to open up for Scotland’s Big Country at Petit Campus and watch them put on a stadium worthy performance. It was an inspiration meeting Mike Peters, Jools and the kids, and learning about all their amazing work with Love, Hope, Strength. Sometimes in life you meet truly inspiring people that light a light inside of you and push you to be a better person.
Probably the highlight of the year for me has been the ongoing success of our monthly residency at Bistro de Paris. Claud Legault, Eva Stone and the whole BDP staff have been amazing to us, and we have had some truely beautiful nights of rock and roll heaven.
I just wanted to take a moment to give a shout out to the artists that have participated so far in these magical nights. It really means everything to me that the night has attracted so much interest from the local artistic community, and each of you brought something unique and amazing to the event: Colin Moore, Seb Black, Michael Mooney and The Yellow Jacket Avenger: stay golden boys!
Next year we hope to keep the Residency strong with tribute nights to Ryan Adams, Warren Zevon, TPOH, British Pub Rock and more! So come out and be part of the vibrant Montreal music scene, and if you are an artist that wants to participate get in touch!
I will leave you with a rendition of Springsteen’s classic “Backstreets” from the second edition of our residency. this is an epic tale of friendship and striving, which serves as my annual reminder that we can all be something bigger.