Johnny Houx is an American singer-composer based in Harlem, New York with two full-length albums (John Houx’s Green Period, 2009 & Get Ancient, 2012) and two EPs (John Houx’s Haikus, 2008 & No Permission, 2011) under his belt.
In 2011, Houx and friends Ben McConnell (drums, Beach House) and Vince Gutierrez (bass, The Delta Mirror) set up in a Sacramento, CA studio with Jason Quever (Papercuts) producing. They recorded almost entirely live over the next five days, with additional work in San Francisco and New Jersey. Houx then retreated to a Lost Coast apple farm to finish the record and its artwork — including an illustrated songbook in calligraphy hand with a goose-feather quill — while delving into an array of other interests and projects. He is presently preparing his next work.
“The Harlem-based folkie sure knows how to make a lasting impression. Definitely worth checking out, folks.” – My Old Kentucky Blog
“Houx’s fiery storytelling and Cohen-esque delivery make hobo magic.” – The Owl Mag
“A talented young folksinger with a literate edge.” – Time Out New York
“…as brimming and expansive as the poetry of Walt Whitman. Houx invents anew in his music the figure of the forever transient wayfarer… a distinctively American musician whose earthly and glisteningly honest posture thankfully slips off any sleek hipster poses.” – The Brooklyn Rail
“[Fans of] Americana can rejoice, for they have found themselves a new potential hero in John Houx.” – Whisperin’ & Hollerin’
“The best new songwriter on the scene in a long time.” – Urban Folk