YOU MADE IT! This is the NEW official site of Johnny Wheels, New shows added and more news coming soon!!

Upcoming Shows

July 21st
Cascade Blues Association Celebration

at: The Botinist

We sent them on their Journey To Memphis where they stormed Beale Street as finalists in the 2020 IBC… now we celebrate!


July 23rd
Fort Hill Public House

Willamina, OR

7:00 PM Old Crow
8:00 PM Johnny Wheels and the Swamp Donkeys with special guest drummer Tony “TC” Coleman

July 24th
Private Party

July 31st
Camp Taloali Wildfire Benefit

930 PM

12:00 p.m. Old Crow
3:30 p.m. Johnny Wheels and the Swamp Donkeys
7:00 p.m. Ty Curtis


July 31st
Cristo’s Pizzeria – Lorelei Movie ‘After Screening’ Show
930 PM

Lorelei Movie with Johnny Wheels Poster
Lorelei Movie with Johnny Wheels Poster

August 6th
Vinyl Tap Milwaukie

6pm to 9pm
2099 SE Oak Grove Blvd., Oak Grove, OR

August 21st – Sat
Abate Kickback Festival

8:30 to 12pm
11 Tucker Road, Ethel, WA

August 25th – Wed
Oregon Crafters Market

8:00pm to 10pm
Silverton, OR

August 28th – Sat
Keizer Rapids Amphitheater

6:30 pm
1900 Chemawa Rd N, Keizer, OR

Keizer Times poster: Johnny Wheels and The Swamp Donkeys at Keizer Amphitheater

September 1st – Wed
Youngberg Hill Winery

6pm to 8pm
10660 SW Youngberg Hill Rd,
Mcminnville, OR

September 4th – Sat
Willamina, Or

October 16th – Sat
Dallas, OR


December 31st – Fri
Speak Easy #12 Live in The Goat Barn

Doors open: 6pm / Music: 7pm
Willamina, OR
Tickets: $30 call 503.801.4821 – location detail upon purchase.
General admission. Limited seating.
Concessions available until sold out (bring cash)

We are super stoked to be ringing in the NEW YEAR at the Goat Barn! We enjoy the Goat Barn very much and those of you that have been know why, those of you that haven’t been need to come!!

Opening Guests:
Crooked Finger
Old Crow

New Years Eve 2022 Poster


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.

Members include:

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:
Cheap Trick
Curtis Salgado
Dana Carvey
Jeff Tamelier (Tower of Power)
Jim Belushi
Linda Hornbuckle
Lisa Mann
Paul Delay
Rocco Prestia (Tower of Power)
Soul Vaccination
… and many others.


Cascade Blues Association Posts Article on Johnny

THE BLUES JOURNEY by CBA staff “While searching for the house of Oregon’s “Swamp Donkey” blues-band leader, Johnny Wheels, it was easy to get lost in the high hills around Willamina. But when finally meeting the singer/harmonicist, that ‘lost-ness’ evaporated. Johnny’s steady, blue-eyed gaze gives the comforting impression of someone knowing exactly where he is, …