Johnny Riley – Covers all the bases - Performing Blues, Country, Outlaw Blues , Rock and Contemporary Blues. Johnny Riley performs high energy shows from a catalog of highly acclaimed original music and from a list of over 200 cover songs. Performing Solo, Duo, or with a full Band. Johnny is comfortable and at home performing an entertaining show for his fans in any size of audience or venue giving them the show they want.
"this singer is born for the blues". - Rudolf van der Ree – The Netherlands Radio Zuidplas
*The Johnny Riley & The Boneyard Medicine Show
The core musicians:
Johnny Riley from Groveton, Texas (Vocals, Lead Guitar, Harp, and various other instruments) Johnny Riley’s music is influenced by both Gospel music and Mississippi blues with a Texas twang and some “Outlaw” influences. Johnny Riley has an unforgettable soulful voice which he can use like a field holler if need be. During his show he plays lead guitar and adds a large dose of Harmonica to the mix. Johnny Riley is strongly influenced by both his Mississippi and Texas roots. Johnny’s mother was from Clarksdale, MS. Johnny’s father was a Holiness preacher from Texas.
One reviewer of Johnny Riley's latest album "Crossroads Of My Life" said, "collectively, you guys were genius on this "song of the year" caliber project". -Peter Lauro
*JOHNNY RILEY & RODNEY POLK - THE T&T DYNAMITE DUO
(Memphis Blues Society’s duo selection to perform in the International Blues Challenge for 2016)
Rodney Polk – Memphis, TN native and Johnny Riley – Groveton, Texas musician with Clarksdale, Mississippi family roots merge their own extensive backgrounds as performing artists into a sweet and tight duo performance. Each one brings to the stage a history of performing professionally on stages from the backroads of Texas to the bright lights of Beale Street with some Delta Crossroads thrown in to make it all just right. They perform original music from Johnny Riley’s recent Blues CD Crossroads of My Life and his other original music. They also have an extensive performing catalog of music from outlaw blues, country, rock, and contemporary genres as well.
Huey’s – Memphis, TN
HardHeads – Crystal Beach, FL
Ground Zero – Clarksdale, MS
Buddy Guy’s Legends, Chicago, Illinois
Brother’s Lounge, Cleveland, Ohio
Red Brick Tavern, Conroe, Texas
Cypress Saloon, Cypress, Texas
Caravan of Music Festival, Clarksdale, MS
Midnight Jamboree Grand Ole Opry Show, Nashville, TN with Hall of Fame Inductee and Grammy Nominated Songwriter Glen Douglas Tubb.
Smokin On the Pecos, Artesia, New Mexico
Houston Astros Stadium, Houston, Texas performing National Anthem
Johnny Riley Opening Act for: Country Music Legend Gene Watson, Rock & Roll and Country Music star Billy Joe Royal and in December, 2011 with Grammy Award winner David Ball.
The Johnny Riley Band is a favorite in Mississippi Casinos; Harlow’s Greenville, MS, Sam’s Town, Tunica, MS Hollywood Casino, Tunica, MS and Tunica Resorts, Tunica, MS
South by Southwest Festival, Austin, Texas
Port Author Crab Festival, Port Author, Texas
The Wounded Warriors, Crystal Beach, Texas