Brian Johannesen is an Iowa City, IA-based songwriter and singer. After having spent four years in Nashville, TN, Johannesen’s music blends the rich Americana traditions of the Midwest and the South. Raised on a steady diet of Bruce Springsteen and Alabama, Johannesen blends this musical foundation with the music he has grown to love as an adult, including Gillian Welch, Steve Earle, John Prine and Guy Clark. Johannesen’s lyrics and melodies evoke common themes of whiskey, women, and an insatiable wanderlust with a poignancy that sets him apart from other young Americana singer-songwriters. Gritty and beautiful at the same time, his voice and songwriting possess maturity well beyond his 29 years. Johannesen released two albums in 2011 and 2012 with his Iowa City-based band, Grand Tetons. He released a self-titled 10" in the summer of 2013 and had his song "Because i Bloody Well Stammer" named one of Daytrotter.com's Best Songs of 2013.
Johannesen has played with Shovels & Rope, Justin Townes Earle, Joe Pug, Greg Brown, The Felice Brothers, JD McPherson, Other Lives, S. Carey, The Cave Singers, William Elliott Whitmore, Langhorne Slim, Lydia Loveless, Cory Branan, Paul Thorn, Hailey Whitters, Sam Lewis, Willy Tea Taylor, Charlie Parr, David Dondero, Fruition, The Poison Control Center, David Zollo & The Body Electric, Ryan Joseph Anderson, and many more.
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