Father and son country duo Son of John bring the fiddle, mandolin, and down home spirit with their new single “Country Pure”.
Son of John are Javan Johnson and his father, Johnny P. Johnson; two generations of country lovers who love crooning, storytelling, and that down-home, classic acoustic sound.
“When you see the title ‘Country Pure’ you might think of cowboy culture or certain stereotypes of country music–farms, trucks, beer, blue jeans,” says Javan. “But the song is more about those people that wear boots and jeans in the middle of downtown Vancouver. They may have left the country for whatever reason but they’re authentic in the way the dress and act–their heart is still where they’re from–and that’s really the essence of the song.”
“We’re country boys–my dad grew on the farm in rural Saskatchewan, and I grew up on an acreage by the river in BC,” he said. “Even though it doesn’t sound like the songs on country radio–I don’t think you can deny that our music is country.”
“I guess it’s in my blood,” Johnny added, “like the line in the song says.”
Son of John started out in 2017, and since then they have toured British Columbia and Alberta with shows all over–from concert halls to restaurants, bars, and festivals.
The duo find their strength in their different influences too, with Johnny looking to classic greats like Merle Haggard, Blue Rodeo, and Neil Young for his songwriting, and Javan looking up to Sam Hunt, Chris Stapleton, and High Valley.