Memoirs of an Uprising, the self-produced new album from singer/songwriter/guitarist, Damon Johnson. The clip for the single “Shivering Shivering” was directed by Chris Hopkins and shot on location in Nashville. Double Dragon Records will release the full album Memoirs of an Uprising on March 8, 2019. A limited run of Red Vinyl pressings of the album can be ordered here.
Following a pair of sold-out performances at New York’s legendary Iridium late last month, Johnson will embark on a series of dates across North America – current itinerary below – including several shows with The Winery Dogs – a supergroup of rockers featuring Richie Kotzen, Mike Portnoy and Billy Sheehan.
Johnson is looking forward to sharing new work with audiences, for him performing live is a passion. With the video premiere of “Shivering Shivering,” fans get a preview of the level of fretwork he brings to the stage. Johnson says, “I’m having a unique experience with “Shivering Shivering”, as I cannot remember listening to one of my own songs more than this. I feel energized to perform the song in front of any audience, be it with my amazing band or in an intimate acoustic setting. “Shivering…” is high up my list of personal favorites.”
After incredible runs with the bands he co-founded, both Black Star Riders and 90’s chart-toppers, Brother Cane, and his side hustles touring with Alice Cooper, Thin Lizzy, John Waite, and others, Damon Johnson found himself in spring of 2018 realizing there were two things he couldn’t stop thinking about; his family and his music. Johnson made a deliberate decision; to give full focus to composing an album that truly reflects his personal vision and honoring his desire to have the final say about his tour calendar. The time was right to move forward with the Uprising.
Johnson explains, “After that Priest tour I was feeling anxious about some things: getting older, where my career would be in 10 years, how much time I was continually spending away from my wife and our two youngest kids…plus I was sitting on a near-completed solo album of the most honest music I’ve ever made.” So Johnson made the decision to part ways with Black Star Riders, finish his album, and start over…this time completely on his own name.
The resulting album, Memoirs Of An Uprising is a collection that is both fierce and diverse – a powerful springboard for the musician to start his next chapter. Collaborating with his longtime friend and songwriter, Jim “Johnny Blade” Troglen, Johnson began assembling a group of songs in divergent tempos and grooves that appealed to his musical side and then laced them with lyrical themes of betrayal and revenge. “The first two songs we put together were “Shivering Shivering” and “Dallas Coulda Been A Beatdown” and I knew we were off to a great start,” says Johnson. Throughout Memoirs Of An Uprising there are musical events that are strictly meant to get bodies moving, like “Dallas…” and “Making Peace With This Wicked Beast.” There are some truly challenged literary actors in “We Got A System” and “The World Keeps Spinning Round.” When it is suggested that this could be a concept album, Johnson says, “As much as I’d prefer to steer clear of that label, there is no denying these 10 songs can be consumed in one listen and feel like a complete story.”
View the debut video for “Shivering Shivering” via Guitar World HERE.
Listen to sample of the thunderous first single, “Shivering Shivering” HERE.
Album pre-order is available HERE.
Track Listing for Memoirs Of An Uprising
Dallas Coulda Been a Beatdown
Down on Me
We Got a System
Call It a Trade
Rage with Me
The World Keeps Spinning Round
Making Peace with This Wicked Beast
2/14 – Helena MT @ Lewis & Clark
2/15 – Fresno CA @ Tower Theater Lounge
3/9 – Huntsville, AL @ Sidetracks Music Hall
5/8 – Nashville, TN @ The Basement East – w/The Winery Dogs
5/10 – Richmond, Indiana @ Firehouse BBQ & Blues
5/11 – Mt. Carroll, IL @ Timber Lake Resort
5/16 – Milwaukee, WI @ Potowatami Casino – w/The Winery Dogs
5/17 – Milwaukee, WI @ Potowatami Casino – w/The Winery Dogs
5/18 – St. Charles, WI @ Arcada Theater – w/The Winery Dogs
5/20 – Minneapolis, MN @ First Avenue – w/The Winery Dogs
*More Dates to be Announced