A singer’s talent is complete when they can bring a crowded dive bar to a collective hush and also get one of the biggest audiences on the planet to a collective standing ovation. Stephanie Anne Johnson is that special singer. The front person for the Tacoma-based band, The Hidogs, can don a cowboy hat and sing over a slide as old timers weep. And they have wowed judges on the immensely popular NBC TV series, The Voice, showcasing their gifts.
Perhaps it’s no surprise that Johnson is so affecting. Their mantra, after all, is “Find your joy and go there.” Their prowess exudes whether they are singing the Black national anthem – “Lift Every Voice And Sing” – to a packed auditorium or whether they’re cooing acoustic lullabies to Saturday night tavern regulars. Their music, which is rooted in all that’s American, expresses the pain of the past, the roots of the down home and the hope that hard work will lead to proper reward.
The Hidogs, which is comprised of touching pedal steel player Dan Tyack, swinging drummer Ivan Gunderson, pocket-perfect bassist Jesse Turcotte and the prolific Johnson, is a nimble quartet equal parts capable of shaking the shingles off a rooftop as making any stage feel like a Sunday service. The group’s latest LP, Take This Love, is a blend of Loretta Lynn and Valerie June. It’s a stunning catalogue of surprise and satisfaction.”
Stephanie Anne Johnson has opened for acts that include Mavis Staples, Bernie Sanders, Portugal. The Man, Cedric Burnside, and Black Joe Lewis.
Join Stephanie Anne and Greg in this unique, one-night-only pairing! This is the second in a series that will feature SAJ and some of our finest PNW guitarists. This program will feature original songs, and a few special surprises as well!
Greg Fulton is a Seattle based musician playing guitar, mandolin, banjo and organ. Since 1993 he has been a solo artist, session musician, and a pit musician (5th Ave, Village Theatre, ACT, Paramount and Seattle Rep). He also spent over 20 years as a church music director (organ and choir) and is a long time member of the band Carrie Clark and the Lonesome Lovers as well as the Jazz Police Big Band. He currently teaches guitar at Seattle Pacific University