ABOUT

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When he first picked up the electric bass, Johnnie Gilmore knew he had found his calling. Music had always been a passion for him, starting with after-school piano lessons in second grade, but at that point — a few months shy of his fifteenth birthday — it became his life’s work. Since then, Johnnie has honed his craft as a bassist for a wide variety of bands covering everything from soft folk and jazz to musical theater and progressive jam-band. During his college years at Wesleyan University, he developed a unique voice as a solo artist and songwriter in his own right, building his repertoire — and a budding audience — over thousands of hours as a street performer in his hometown of Boston. After graduating from Wesleyan, where he won the Gwen Livingston Pekora prize for excellence in music composition as a senior, Johnnie moved to Los Angeles, releasing his debut solo album, Salt of the Earth, in November 2018. (Read the press release from RMI Records.

Despite having the technique to match any fleet-fingered instrumentalist — and an arrangement style deeply influenced by the likes of Victor Wooten and Tommy Emmanuel — Johnnie is first and foremost a storyteller, with a unique songwriting style that recalls the melodic sensibility of Paul McCartney and Billy Joel, the smooth folk feel of James Taylor, and the hard-edged harmonic vocabulary of Stevie Wonder. Whether on a soft ballad or a fiery groove or anywhere in between, Johnnie always puts a good song first. 

“The idea of solo bass often evokes either meandering or ultra-technical showboating, and Gilmore’s style proudly defies both of these stereotypes…he uses the bass as a tool for lyrically articulating beautiful original tunes.”

—RMI press release for Salt of the Earth

 

NOTABLE VENUES

  • House of Blues (Anaheim, CA)

  • The Starry Plough (Berkeley, CA)

  • The Bebop (Boston, MA)

  • Faneuil Hall Marketplace (Boston, MA)

  • Wally's Jazz Café (Boston, MA)

  • Middle East Upstairs (Cambridge, MA)

  • Ryles Jazz Club (Cambridge, MA)

  • The Plough and Stars (Cambridge, MA)

  • Toad (Cambridge, MA)

  • V & A Waterfront Amphitheatre (Cape Town, South Africa)

  • The Mahogany Room (Cape Town, South Africa)

  • Kaleidoscope Café (Cape Town, South Africa)

  • GMan Tavern (Chicago, IL)

  • Amazing Things Arts Center (Framingham, MA)

  • Freespace Happening (Hong Kong)

  • Peel Fresco (Hong Kong)

  • The Hi Hat (Los Angeles, CA)

  • Lock and Key (Los Angeles, CA)

  • The Mint (Los Angeles, CA)

  • Republic of Pie (Los Angeles, CA)

  • Sassafras Saloon (Los Angeles, CA)

  • The Satellite (Los Angeles, CA)

  • Universal CityWalk (Universal City, CA)

  • Rotary Rock'n Ribfest (Merrimack, NH)

  • Beckham Hall (Middletown, CT)

  • The Buttonwood Tree (Middletown, CT)

  • The Center for the Arts Natick (Natick, MA)

  • Club Groove (New York, NY)

  • Studio at Webster Hall (New York, NY)

  • Revolution Café (San Francisco, CA)

  • The Burren Backroom (Somerville, MA)

  • Corazón Performing Arts Center (Topanga, CA)