From the fertile musical environs of Austin, Texas emerges Sit Down, Servant!!
Gordie Johnson combines the haunting sounds the steel guitar with the sub-sonic electronica of the MOOG synthesizer in a collaboration with Latin music genius Rey Arteaga (congas). Together with Carmelo Torres (timbales) and Scott MacIntosh (sax) they explore the sounds of Dub Reggae, Cumbia, Son, Samba, Soul and Jazz. Listeners (and dancers) are often surprised to hear a repertoire ranging from The Police and Earth Wind & Fire to classic jazz standards. SDS have even blended their low-end bump with rapper Bushwick Bill (Geto Boyz).
Born of strict doctors orders forbidding Gordie Johnson from playing his electric guitar following carpal tunnel surgery, he formed Sit Down, Servant!! as a duo with drummer Stephane Beaudin (Big Sugar, Respectables). This new project allowed him to return to a long-held desire to combine the triple-neck steel guitar with Moog bass pedals as he played blues and gospel with dub in his own unique way. After releasing their debut album “I Was Just Trying To Help” and a national tour with George Thorogood, the following year saw Austin drummer Brannen Temple (Chaka Khan, Eric Burdon, Dixie Chicks, Ruthie Foster) take over the drum throne bringing his jazz informed style and a symbiotic musical connection to Johnson. Together they created intricate melodies with
time signatures that make your head spin, no two performances alike. The recording of Johnson and Temple resulted in the sophomoric self titled “Sit Down, Servant!” album which was followed by North American, European and Australian tours opening up for Joe Satriani. With regular shows in their hometown of Austin, Sit Down, Servant!! absorbed the Latin culture of the area and evolved into the current 4 piece band with congas replacing the drum set whilst still pushing boundaries and playing their vast repertoire to leave fans spellbound and the dance floor full.
“Gordie Johnson understands an uncanny amount of musical genres and is adept at all of them, ” says guitar virtuoso Joe Satriani, who has taken SDS around the globe from the Olympia in Paris to the State Theater in Sydney, Australia, and all across North America.
1. In My Time Of Dying 04:27
In Jesus 04:25
5. Motherless Children 03:38
6. Old Landlady Blue 04:05
9. Tired All The Time 04:53
I Was Just Trying
Released May 29, 2012.
Gordie Johnson’s new project – Sit Down, Servant!! – gives him the chance to combine blues and gospel with dub in his own unique way. Accompanied by Big Sugar drummer Stephane Beaudin on drums, Johnson sings and plays guitar along with his Moog bass pedals for a rousing electric set of boot-stomping tunes being heard by audiences for the first time. The musical talents of Gordie Johnson have long been an influence in the rock music world. His extraordinary guitar stylings are the driving force behind Big Sugar and Grady, two bands with large followings in North America. This is an excellent introduction to another side of the man and his music.