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HOT SHOW - July 22: Carlos Johnson at Hey Nonny, Arlington Hts, IL

Carlos Johnson & the Serious Blues Band w/ Bill Dickens

July 22

7:30 p.m. Doors open 6:30 p.m.

Carlos Johnson is a guitarist’s guitar player who is left-handed but plays an upside down right-handed guitar, like Jimi Hendrix and Otis Rush.

Johnson was born in Chicago, Illinois. In 1989, he made his first tour to Japan with lateblues singer Valerie Wellington, and caught attention of the Japanese blues fans. He revisited the country in 2004 as a supporting guitarist for Otis Rush who became unable to play the guitar due to the stroke he suffered earlier that year. These concerts helped him build a fan base in Japan.

Though he has been active since the 1970s, he had to wait until 2000 to release an album under his own name. That year saw the release of his debut CD My Name Is Carlos Johnson recorded in Buenos Aires, Argentina from local Blues Special label. He was featured on Billy Branch 's CD Billy Branch & The Sons of Blues featuring Carlos Johnson released in 2002. Johnson also made an album as a duo with Branch titled Don't Mess with the Bluesmen in 2004. Another CD In and Out from Mr. Kelly's Records followed the same year. In 2007, he released a live album Live at B.L.U.E.S. on Halsted recorded in Chicago.

He toured Japan as a solo artist in 2007 and 2009.

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