“Scott Albert Johnson manhandles his harmonica with a master’s flair. He is a triple-threat artist who can sing, write and blow his emotions clear on out of his harmonica like nobody’s business.” (Goldmine [USA])
"Scott Albert Johnson is a great songwriter. He writes about man's journey: who we are, where we stand and where our lives take us. His musings about life are cast in clever melodies, sung by a voice that seemingly knows no limitations. He is extremely versatile on the harmonica… sometimes you hear the influence of Toots Thielemans, then Howard Levy, and then Stevie Wonder. Johnson has made another excellent record.”
“Scott Albert Johnson is a virtuoso harmonica player and an excellent singer and songwriter as well. After a few spins, the lyrics remain all around in your head. Johnson has made an equally beautiful and special album.”
(Rudolf’s Music [Netherlands])
Going Somewhere would not be here without the work, support, and encouragement of many, many people. This recording was funded in part by a Performing Arts Fellowship from the Mississippi Arts Commission, as well as a Kickstarter campaign. Kickstarter contributors include:
Adam and Christine Pastor
Campbell's Bakery Fondren
Cathy Jones Schulz
Cecilia Reese Bullock
Christopher B. Myers
Christopher John Rezendes
Clay and Janie Collins
Coleen O 'Brien
David Rae Morris
David Watkins Jr.
Donald C. McMillan III
Five Sisters Productions
Frances Jean Neely
Hampton H. Stennis
Jane Sanders Waugh
Jimmy and Meredith Creekmore
Joan Hawkins Young
Nancy Anne Branton
Phillip C. Burnett, Jr.
Richard J. Siegel
robert m blanton
Sarah Beth Tanner
Susan H. Lunardini
Terry Kerr Neyland
Vera A Dillon
Virginia De Beukelaer
Special thanks go to each person who contributed, as well as to the community of St. Andrew’s Episcopal School. You have all shaped my life in ways that are difficult to express but happy to contemplate.
I am filled with gratitude and respect for all the incredible musicians who helped me to bring these songs to life, as well as to those other musicians and artists with whom I have collaborated over the years or who have inspired me from afar. You all give me hope.
I would not be who I am without my Mom and Dad, Barbara and Al Johnson. For your love and support, thank you from the bottom of my heart. Deepest thanks also to my in-laws, Al Simon and Margaret Barrett- Simon and Ed and Lorre Barrett, as well as the rest of my extended family and friends.
Dedicated to my wife and best friend, Susan Margaret Barrett... and my dearest Charlie, Benjamin, and Lily Margaret. I love you all thiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiis much... and more. Wherever I go, you are always with me.￼￼
released June 9, 2015
All songs written and composed by Scott Albert Johnson
(©2015 Monkaroo Music/BMI) except:
(4) Lyrics and music by Brett Winston
(5) Lyrics by SAJ; music by SAJ, Chris Alford, Kenny Graeber, Travis Lamb
(7) Lyrics and music by Peter Gabriel (Real World Music LTD/BMI)
(8) Lyrics by SAJ; title by Chris Alford
(See All Music/BMI); music by SAJ
and Chris Alford
(9) Lyrics by SAJ; music by SAJ and Chalmers Davis
Lyrics available at scottalbertjohnson.com/goingsomewhere
Scott Albert Johnson: lead and backing vocals, harmonica
Guitar: Jeff Raines (1), Cody Smith (2, 8);
Brett Winston (4); Bob Gates (4);
Chris Alford (3, 5, 7); Sherman Lee Dillon (6)
Bass guitar: Robert Mercurio (1), Raphael Semmes (2, 4), Tommy Raines (3, 5, 6, 7)
Keyboards and synths: Chalmers Davis
Drums and percussion: Denny Burkes (1), Ted Gainey (1), Steve Cook (2, 8); Hagen Curl (4); Kenny Graeber (3, 5, 6, 7)
Banjo: Barry Sullivan (6)
Mandolin: Andy Wiley (6)
Programming: Ted Gainey (8)
Backing vocals: Holley Peel (2), Brett Winston (4), Ted Gainey (9)
Produced by Scott Albert Johnson.
Co-production by Cody Smith (2),
Jonathan Scarborough (7), and Ted Gainey (8).
Engineers: Tim Cotton (Prime Mobile),
Randy Everett (Terminal), Ted Gainey (Windy Ridge), Chris George and Daniel Majorie (The Living Room), Jonathan Scarborough and Andy Wiley (The Shop), Vince Johnston (Brudog), and Cody Smith. Mastered by Randy Everett.
Art direction by Denny Burkes.
Photography by Susan Margaret Barrett, susanmargaret.com
. Frontcover:somewhere over Spain. Back cover: Hawkins Field, Jackson, Mississippi – thanks to Will Dickson.
Publicity: David Avery and Melissa Zeigler of Powderfinger Promotions, powderfingerpromo.com
Publicity, Europe - Peter Holmstedt, Hemifrån, www.hemifran.com
Scott Albert Johnson plays Seydel Harmonicas (with customization by Mike Fugazzi and tech work by Greg Jones). He uses effects pedals by Lone Wolf Blues and microphones by BlowsMeAway Productions.