Thank You Colorado - Album
Do you bleed red, blue and yellow? Are you Colorado through and through? Thank You Colorado features three songs for people who love Colorado, like Johnny Durango: 1. "Thank You Colorado," 2. "Mr. Denver," and 3. "Leaving Colorado." This album is country music, but country like John Cougar Mellencamp, Mumford and Sons and Jimmy Buffett are country. If you are looking for Nashville twang, you might be disappointed, but if you are looking for heartland Americana that tells a story with an anthemic hook that makes you want to roll the windows and down and sing, then you are in the right place.
Bruises - Album
More heartland Americana delivered courtesy of Johnny D, Bruises is the followup to Thank You Colorado with a bit more alt rock and a bit less country folk. Featuring the singles "A Jeep Thing," "I Wish I Was your Girl," and "It's Not You It's Me," Johnny brings the heat and the heart to move your soul with music from the heart of the Rockies.
Thank You Colorado - Single
This is Johnny Durango's first song recording, and it happens to be a crowd favorite. There is something about gratitude, mixed with bass and little fiddle, mixed with a genuine love for Colorado that just makes this song great. It's anthemic, witty, and real. Enjoy.
Gettin' Lucky is a love song Johnny wrote for his wife and mother of his children. Do you have someone in your life to whom you'd say, "I'd choose you again?" Romance and marriage is a roll of the dice. So many get married believing the best of their future and spouse, but marriage is about making it the best after the wedding. This song celebrates that ride. "Music tends to sing about getting together and falling apart, but not staying together and the life you make together," says Johnny. "So, I wrote a song about it."
Johnny went to AlienCon, where he upgraded his car to a monster green Ford Mustang convertible. He drove this convertible to his uncle's house, where he played music until 2 am while drinking with his cousins. Fun night. When he showed up his uncle said, "What is this? Convertible. You're dressed like your in high school. Long hair. Droppin' records. Is this a midlife crisis?" To which Johnny replied, "Well, if it is, I think I like it." The rest is in this song, "Bottoms Up."
Great Weird Life
"Great Weird Life" shows Johnny Durango's versatility to range from old school country to a current, pop sound. Plus, it tells the story of how Johnny's life turned from the mundane to weird, after he met the love of his life. The term, "Great Weird Life," has become a mantra to Johnny and his friends.Make it yours.
"The Jabberwocky" poem by Lewis Carroll from Through the Looking Glass, which introduced us all to Alice in Wonderland, is a family favorite in the Durango household. The kids are bribed to memorize it. After years of hearing it around the home, Johnny sat down to put music to it. From his family to yours, enjoy.
Johnny Durango is a fan of all things weird, epic, and at times, ancient. To Johnny, the future is often found in the past. "The Watchers" is an adaptation from John Milton's Paradise Lost, mixed with The Book of Enoch, with a splash of modern day Elon Musk's space endeavors at SpaceX. May it blow your mind.
Who is "Mr. Denver?" Simply ask yourself, when you think Colorado, who else do you think of with the last name Denver? Colorado is one of those states that creates fanfare, because it is so awesome. If you are from Mississippi (or Florida, like Johnny Durango), seeing the Rocky Mountains, just might change your life and location forever. John Denver wrote in Rocky Mountain High, that when he came to Colorado, it was like "coming home to a place he'd never been for." Johnny Durango couldn't have written it better, for how he felt when he first came to Colorado at 19. Mr. Denver deserved a musical eulogy from a kindred heart. So, Johnny wrote it.
How do you feel driving away from the mountains of Colorado? Or wheels up in Denver International Airport? Leaving Colorado can be a shot to the gut, because going home is often just not as cool. "Leaving Colorado" captures that feeling, and tells the story of Johnny's first years in Colorado, where he worked in the summertime.
While the acoustic version of "The Beast" is very Jack Johnson inspired with a lot of bar chords mixed with picking patterns, the final production is an homage to Dave Matthews. As the second song Johnny Durango ever recorded it shows Johnny's rocker side. And it shows that Johnny D. has many sides, going from "Thank You Colorado" to "The Beast" for his first two at-bats. Special thanks to Colorado-boy David Seigl for his violin and fiddle skills as well as musical producer, Jarrod Headley, on the drums.