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Mother Church Pew Review of The New Record

Did they like it??? Click on the image above to find out! (Hint: Yes)

Did they like it??? Click on the image above to find out! (Hint: Yes)

Full of ardent fervor and deep reflection keenly balanced by poking fun at everyone, himself included, Johnny Dango’s 'Dear Everybody, I Love You' is a remarkable album.”

Hunter MacLeod (Mother Church Pew)

A Little Local Love for "Dear Everybody, I Love You"

Peter Blackstock wrote about the new record for Austin360. Check it out and get your copy of the album tomorrow! (Jan. 19, 2018)

Peter Blackstock wrote about the new record for Austin360. Check it out and get your copy of the album tomorrow! (Jan. 19, 2018)

Well-played, tuneful, muscular stuff.”

Peter Blackstock (Austin360)

Meanwhile, Across the Pond...

From England with love...York Calling is digging on "New Modern Age" from the new record and we're happy about it.

From England with love...York Calling is digging on "New Modern Age" from the new record and we're happy about it.

(Dango's) brutal honesty and country style comes across very similar to a later Conor Oberst.”

York Calling

"New Modern Age" debuts at No Depression

The good folks at No Depression took a liking to this one, and we think you should, too. Head on over and check it out! "Dear Everybody, I Love you" is officially released on January 19th, 2018.

The good folks at No Depression took a liking to this one, and we think you should, too. Head on over and check it out! "Dear Everybody, I Love you" is officially released on January 19th, 2018.

Dango's stately two-step collects all the nihilism, anger, rage, and fatalism and sets it to a classic-style country song.”

Rachel Cholst (No Depression)

New Noise Magazine premieres "Concrete To Grass"

Click the link and head over to New Noise Magazine to listen to and read about this new track from the upcoming record, "Dear Everybody, I Love You."

Click the link and head over to New Noise Magazine to listen to and read about this new track from the upcoming record, "Dear Everybody, I Love You."

A sprawling track that chugs from verse to verse as it builds to its explosive, wall-of-sound outro laden with fuzzed-out guitar solos and lush pedal steel flourishes...with Dango’s trademark sharp-tongued wit taking the spotlight.”

New Noise Magazine

"Strange To Change" debuts at PopMatters

Click the image above to head over to PopMatters and hear Dango's new song, "Strange to Change," and read all about it!

Click the image above to head over to PopMatters and hear Dango's new song, "Strange to Change," and read all about it!

With his full embrace of the cosmic and ethereal, Johnny Dango feels like folk-rock's answer to Sturgill Simpson”

Johnathan Frahm (PopMatters)

Glide Magazine premieres "Too Late" off Dango's Forthcoming Album "Dear Everybody, I Love You"

Part Beck and part Waylon... Dango has a surreal knack for melody while honing an Americana troubadour aura that is equally enchanting.”

Glide Magazine

"Recluse In Plain Sight" now streaming exclusively at Magnet Magazine

Head on over to Magnet Magazine to get an exclusive sneak peak (listen?) of the new record before it's available anywhere else.

Head on over to Magnet Magazine to get an exclusive sneak peak (listen?) of the new record before it's available anywhere else.

It's only rock & roll but I like it. Mick Jagger said that, and I'm repeating it over and over again. Because it's the truth.”

Johnny Dango (Magnet Magazine)

Dango's "Hole In My Heart" Video Premieres at Huffington Post

Click on the image to read a fantastic article by The Huffington Post's Michael Bialas about Dango and the making of his new video.

Click on the image to read a fantastic article by The Huffington Post's Michael Bialas about Dango and the making of his new video.

Mouthwatering ... Dango has a remarkable knack for producing the melodious earthly delights of what he calls “Beatles-lite music.”

Michael Bialas (Huffington Post)

Farce the Music debuts "Western Front (War Hymn #2)"

Here's another blog blurb, this time on a fun song about the trials and tribulations of being in a band.

Here's another blog blurb, this time on a fun song about the trials and tribulations of being in a band.

Fun, psychedelic, honky-tonk ... Really unique and memorable stuff. ”

Farce the Music

Vents Magazine Q&A

Click the all-seeing Eye of Dango to read an insightful Q&A he did with the folks at Vents Magazine.

Click the all-seeing Eye of Dango to read an insightful Q&A he did with the folks at Vents Magazine.

But “Americana”… it’s not new. Dylan and The Band and The Grateful Dead were doing it 50 years ago but it wasn’t called that. It was just rock & roll. To me, it still is. ”

Johnny Dango (Vents Magazine)

"I Was Wrong" premieres at PopMatters

Zombies, bedazzled jeans, scumbags, hick hop, outer space, mesothelioma... it's gotta be a love song! Read all about it by clicking on the image!

Zombies, bedazzled jeans, scumbags, hick hop, outer space, mesothelioma... it's gotta be a love song! Read all about it by clicking on the image!

Plays along the lines of the legends he’s played along with, but with a cosmic overlay that all feels like a reflective honky-tonk in outer space.​”

Jonathan Frahm (PopMatters)

No Depression announces "Recluse In Plain Sight" Release

This record isn’t stuck in a cycle of self-glorification, nor is it primed to pander to any awards ceremonies—it’s the result of a heart ready for examination and revelation. Driven by a need to stretch the comforts of his own influences, he positions these songs as rustic therapy and as a necessary escape from what has become a commodified musical perspective.”

Tara Joan (No Depression)

"Love & War (In All Fairness)" makes Alt Root Top 10 Song of the Week List

Alt Root Magazine liked the first song they heard off the new record! So much so that they included it in their weekly Top 10. Pretty cool. Dango's in some really good company. Click the image above & check it out!

Alt Root Magazine liked the first song they heard off the new record! So much so that they included it in their weekly Top 10. Pretty cool. Dango's in some really good company. Click the image above & check it out!

Jail Guitar Doors

by Stephanie Robalino
The Daily Texan
March 19, 2013
 

Once a week at the Travis County Correctional Complex, the sounds of acoustic guitars can be heard resonating throughout the halls of the jail. Thanks to the guitar and songwriting lesson efforts of Austin musicians Kevin Hoetger, Kyle Crusham, Johnny Dango and Todd Thompson, inmates have something to look forward to every week: the opportunity to learn how to play music. 

“Music is a great way to let out feelings,” Crusham said. “What we are providing them with is basically therapy with guitars.”

Hoetger, Crusham, Dango and Thompson run the Austin chapter of the independent charity Jail Guitar Doors. Founded in 2007 by British rock musician and political activist Billy Bragg, the initiative was first launched in England to provide musical equipment that could be used to rehabilitate inmates serving time in prison. 

The organization was named after The Clash’s 1978 single, “Jail Guitar Doors,” which tells the story of the drug-related imprisonment of Wayne Kramer, the guitarist of rock group MC5. After spending time behind bars and seeing firsthand the limited opportunities for inmates to self-improve, Kramer partnered with Bragg to found Jail Guitar Doors USA in 2009. 

Jail Guitar Doors’ philosophy is this: the prison system is over-full and under-funded, resulting in re-offending at an unacceptably high rate. The organization believes that, as citizens, it is in our interest to help enhance the lives of inmates while they are still in our custody to lower the chances of that happening. And the musician volunteers are doing just that — providing inmates the opportunity to use music as a tool to better themselves, while directing their lives a little further away from bad decisions. 

According to Crusham, the vast majority of inmates the charity works with are drug addicts who need to be rehabilitated from addiction, not crime. 

“What you realize is that they are kind of normal people,” Crusham said. “Many of them you could see yourself becoming friends with. The majority are not murderers. They just did stupid things and got caught.” 

Otis Gibbs, a singer-songwriter from Nashville, performed this year at a South By Southwest showcase to raise awareness for Jail Guitar Doors.

“The way I look at it is that someday, when these people are released, they are going to be our neighbors,” Gibbs said. “It’s in our own best interest to make sure that they come out of the prison in a much better state of mind than before, rather than pent up emotionally.“

Gibbs said Jail Guitar Doors is not only popular with the inmates, but with the wardens as well. 

“The wardens love the program,” Gibbs said. “They believe it has immensely helped the rehabilitation process among inmates. They have recognized that there seem to be people that are released that are now on a better path.” 

Hoetger believes that making personal connections and giving inmates a feeling that people actually care about them will bring about the greatest change in our prisons, more so than any government grant. 

“These music lessons are the highlights of their week,” Hoetger said. “Just a single hour when they get to strum on a guitar or even simply engage in a conversation gets them one step closer on the road to rehabilitation.”

Published on March 20, 2013 as "Local guitarists bring music to prisoners". 

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The Memphis Strange: Birth of The Strange

by Kevin Curtin
The Austin Chronicle
August 17, 2012

Modern country-rock bands brim with talented musicians pursuing a barroom style devoid of creativity. The Memphis Strange makes me eat my words. Birth of the Strange has range, taste, and skill. The constant guitar duel between Johnny Dango and Doug Strahan isn't so much about interplay as it is about sonic variety and caliber. With pianist Todd Thompson, they sing blues and ballads with fantastic harmonies and lyrics like, "After all of this time you ain't changed a bit/Still talking all of that same old shit." ***.5

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Birth of The Strange

Birth of The Strange

Johnny Dango & The Stillwater Pioneers: "Let's Go Pioneering!"

by Doug Freeman
The Austin Chronicle
January 11, 2008

The Pioneers' debut balances the playful and sincere amid easy back-porch jams, from the swinging hootenanny of "Trouble All My Life" to the dark drawl of "Going Home." "Ain't Gonna Worry" touches on the Gourds' illustrious wordplay, and "Used to Be" similarly creeks resistingly against middle age. The local quintet's at its best on "1492," with harmonica and banjo matching the weary, biting lyrics. ***

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"Let's Go Pioneering!"

"Let's Go Pioneering!"

Johnny Dango's Traveling Medicine Show, Summer 2016

Johnny Dango's Traveling Medicine Show, Summer 2016