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Let the Band Play!

I read somewhere that acclaimed jazz singer Mel Torme, famously said, "Let the band play," during his time with the Marty Paich Orchestra. (My first Mel Torme CD was "MeL Torme Swings Schubert Ally".) The lyrics and music on "This Is Our Love Story" were written by me on acoustic guitar. All the songs tell a story and have very personal meaning, and hopefully universal themes. But, these songs, these stories, really come to life when the musicians that played on this album added their instruments, their voices, and their own personal musical journeys. Most of these folks were working musicians in and around Boise, Idaho. But as this album was was recorded in 2020 there wasn't a whole lot of working going on. I was very fortunate to work with producer, Nate Agenbroad, owner of Mixed Metaphor Recording Services who knew many of the musicians. Nate is an accomplished musician in his own right and added a richness and texture to the songs. I was also blessed to have my son Michael Johnston and my sister Annette DiNardo lend their incredible voices to the project. In future blogs I hope to chat with each of these wonderful and talented artists and learn and share their musical journeys!


But, for now they are listed below. (And will be on the liners on the upcoming CD.) I am eternally grateful and cannot thank them each enough for making this musical dream a reality!


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Pull Over Acoustic Guitar and Vocals - Mike Johnston Backing Vocals - Michael Johnston (my son) Fiddle - Adam Straubinger Mandolin - Todd Allai Bass and Drums - Nate Agenbroad

Maybe It’s The Wine Acoustic Guitar and Vocals - Mike Johnston Backing Vocals - Annette Dinardo (my sister) Lap Steel - Dave Manion Baas and Drums - Nate Agenbroad

Skinny Margarita Acoustic Guitar, Lead Guitar and Vocals - Mike Johnston Keyboards - Tony Rheault Bass and Drums - Nate Agenbroad Guardian Angel Acoustic Guitar, Lead Guitar and Vocals - Mike Johnston Backing Vocals - Annette Dinardo (my sister) Keyboards - Tony Rheault Bass and Drums - Nate Agenbroad

Sun-Kissed Cheeks Acoustic Guitar and Vocals - Mike Johnston Fiddle - Adam Straubinger Mandolin - Todd Allai Bass, Drums, Banjo and Backing Vocals- Nate Agenbroad Dolly Acoustic Guitar and Vocals - Mike Johnston Dobro - Dave Manion Bass, Drums, Keyboards, Rhythm Guitar- Nate Agenbroad The Lucky One Acoustic Guitar and Vocals - Mike Johnston Fiddle - Adam Straubinger Mandolin - Todd Allai Bass, Percussion, Backing Vocals - Nate Agenbroad

Back To You Acoustic Guitar and Vocals - Mike Johnston Acoustic Guitar and Vocals - Nate Agenbroad Rainbow’s End Acoustic Guitar, Lead Guitar and Vocals - Mike Johnston Bass, Drums, Percussion, Keyboards, Rhythm Guitar- Nate Agenbroad All music and lyrics by Mike Johnston Copyright - Michael A. Johnston/ Mike Johnston Music www.mikejohnstonmusic.com Produced by Nate Agenbroad Recorded at Mixed Metaphor Recording Services - Boise, Idaho

www.mixedmetaphorrecording.com

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