YOU MADE IT! This is the NEW official site of Johnny Wheels, New shows added and more news coming soon!!
Johnny Wheels is a singer / songwriter / harmonica player inspired by the soul of the Pacific Northwest.
The “Swamp Donkeys” are Johnny’s band-mates who are inspired by Johnny to “live a song” on the edge.
“Nope! You won’t hear a song exactly the same way twice – that’s what CD’s are for. We like to add some spice of musical exploration”
The son of a traveling bass player and singer, Johnny “Wheels” Kennicott had music in his blood since birth, but expressing himself musically took on new importance when Johnny broke his neck in a childhood accident, leaving him paralyzed from the chest down.
“The days of football practice after school were definitely over”, Johnny says, but music still provided an outlet for his infectious energy and his creative potential.
Though his father’s instrument of choice and his early passion of playing drums were now out due to limited function, Johnny found, through determined trial and error, he could manipulate his paralyzed diaphragm to not only sing, but also blow the harmonica. Since that time, Johnny has been traveling the Pacific Northwest music scene, spreading the gospel of the blues.
Collectively, the band hails from Oregon, Texas and California and is typically tagged as a Blues band; Although, the diversity of the members’ musical backgrounds becomes evident as the worlds of R&B, Soul, Jazz, Funk and Rock are blended under a Blues umbrella.
Johnny Wheels, Vocals, Harmonica
Brandon Logan, Vocals, Guitar
Doug Knoyle, Drums
Michael Rabe, Vocals, Guitar
Taylor Frazier, Vocals, Bass
Members of Johnny Wheels and the Swamp Donkeys have performed and or shared the stage with:
Jeff Tamelier (Tower of Power)
Rocco Prestia (Tower of Power)
… and many others.
A huge THANK YOU to everyone that came to our Memphis Send Off! Rae Gordon and her team that helped set the whole thing up Trails End Saloon for hosting Karen Lovely and Kivett Bednar for helping with comments and ADVICE!! Generation Headstrong for being awesome!!! Bob Ammerman (BINGO) FOR THE BADASS VIDEO!! Please check …
Well, normally this time of year would soon bring talk of resolutions and reflection, BUT NOT this time around the Sun – for it is all rehearsal and song writing for Johnny and the Donkeys. 2020 is already known to be a VERY unique year for Johnny Wheels and The Swamp Donkeys as they will …
. . . don’t want to sound cliche, but “Welcome” to the beginnings of the new site. The site is being re-designed to coincide with the new CD and summer season tour; and since we’re making facebook posts of CD creation process (mixing as I write this), why wait to launch the new site – …