Jack Johnson still packing 'em in on the road (Updated 6/5/14)
The career of laid-back acoustic rocker Jack Johnson is still rolling along like a gentle wave, and he wouldn't have it any other way.
Johnson's latest tour stops, like the one on the beach stage at Hangout Fest in mid-May, only served to reemphasize the feel-good vibe that hangs in the air at one of his shows. Thousands of people packed the sand, many with drinks in hand while singing and swaying along to tunes like "Banana Pancakes," "Flake" and "Wasting Time."
There's no doubt that Johnson, wearing his most formal attire of jeans and a t-shirt at every stop, is content serving up beach anthems as much as guys like Jimmy Buffett (which would explain why Johnson also covered "A Pirate Looks at Forty" at a few of his recent shows). And soon the platinum-selling singer-songwriter will be heading out for a run of dates with the Zeroes, with whom he previously shared a stage (at a show in Mexico).
Johnson's latest road trip is all in the name of promotion for his sixth studio album, "From Here to Now To You," released back on September 17, 2013. It debuted at number one on the Billboard 200 chart, with first-week sales of 117,000 copies. He matched the No. 1 feat on the Canadian Albums chart, as well as the US Billboard Digital Albums chart, the Top Rock Albums Chart, Alternative Albums chart and the Folk Albums chart.
If you haven't had a chance to see Johnson yet in 2014, you still have plenty of time. He has dates booked into September, from France to Belgium, Spain to Italy and then over Switzerland, the UK and Japan before returning to North America.
Jack Johnson goes 'From Here To Now To You' (Updated July 26, 2013)
Jack Johnson is gearing up for the release of his sixth studio album, "From Here To Now To You," recorded at Mango Tree Studio in Hawaii. And he's more than just a little excited to show off his first new original songs since 2010's "To the Sea" album.
Johnson has been everywhere lately. The first single from the new album, "I Got You," hit airwaves the second week of June. To coincide with that release, he performed as a headliner at the 2013 Bonnaroo in Tennessee. That was followed by two acoustic shows to premiere other brand new songs in London on June 19th and New York City on June 24th. The London date took place at the famed Tabernacle in Notting Hill, while the New York appearance came at Lincoln Center overlooking Central Park.
Jack and his band members Adam, Merlo and Zach will hit the road this Fall in support of the new album. It will kick off with a Theater tour in Europe on September 5th, then return stateside for a headline performance at the Life is Good Festival on September 22 in Canton, Massachusetts. From there, Jack and the gang will play a series of intimate theaters in North America including Nashville's famed Ryman Auditorium, Seattle's Paramount Theatre and the Orepheum Theatre in Los Angeles.
We'd say get your tickets now for a front row seat to Johnson's laid-back vibe and hand-picked guitars, but the previously announced North American dates are all sold out. Tickets for other shows are available via lottery on Jack's website.
About Jack Johnson
Hawaiian native Jack Johnson was riding waves not long after he learned to walk, and was a champion surfer by the age of 17. But when an accident at the Pipeline Master on Oahu's north shore ended his pro aspirations, he turned his passion to guitars and songwriting and never looked back.
Leaving the waves for dry land, Johnson studied cinematography in college at the University of California in Santa Barbara. He produced a surfing documentary which also showcased his flair for songwriting, and not long after one of his songs was covered by G. Love & Special Sauce on the band's 1999 album, "Philadelphonic." With that exposure, and demo material that landed in the hands of French producer J.P. Plunier, Johnson was well on his way to even greater recognition.
Johnson recorded and released his debut album, "Brushfire Fairytales," in 2001. It immediately found an audience outside of Hawaii's surfing communities, and ultimately went platinum as a result. His next four major-label albums would follow suit, and Johnson became known for a repertoire of songs that include, "Upside Down," "Sitting, Waiting, Wishing," "If I Had Eyes," and "You and Your Heart."
Outside of music, Johnson is known for creating the Johnson Ohana Charitable Foundation to benefit the children of Hawaii and promote environmental awareness. He also lends his support to a number of philanthropic causes, including organizations focused on the arts and music education. One hundred percent of the profits from his 2010 world tour were donated to charity. He played a 7-show acoustic tour of the Hawaiian Islands in the spring of 2012 with John Cruz and Paula Fuga.
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