Scott Albert Johnson

Going Somewhere

- “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]


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“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.” [Mike Greenblatt, Goldmine]

“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.” Rootstime [Belgium]


"There are harmonica players and then there is Scott Albert of the best harp players in the world." 

Cashbox Music Reviews

“Scott Albert Johnson’s songs cover a kaleidoscopic range of life experiences, inner imaginings, and song styles. It’s as if he found the vestal harmonica that fell from the sky and, without any prior context, discovered his own, singular language in which to relate to and summon song from this object that somehow fell from the heavens. The joy and wonder in which he encounters this celestial object, and arranges the sounds and silences of this newfound world are, in a word, profound… Experience the joy and wonder of it … this is a ride worth taking, folks.”


Paul Messinger, Harmonica Happenings (the official magazine of the Society for the Preservation and Advancement of the Harmonica)


Going Somewhere is the most original and compelling take on rock harmonica that I’ve heard in years.  You should go out and buy it right now.”


Richard Hunter, author of Jazz Harp (the original instructional book on jazz harmonica),

With his latest release, Going Somewhere, Scott Albert Johnson’s songs evoke a common theme of “going somewhere” – or not – as individuals, partners, nations, or as a common species.  This album is Johnson's follow-up to his 2007 release Umbrella Man.

“If I Only Knew the Words” deals with songwriting and communication in relationships, and how they can both be stymied despite the best of intentions.  “All” takes on the modern dead-end obsession with acquiring more and more “stuff.”  “Jailbird” is the tale of a lifetime convict who’s not going anywhere, anytime soon. One of two covers on the album is Peter Gabriel’s “I Don’t Remember,” an account of interrogation and surveillance that remains as relevant today as it was during the Cold War.  “Simply Human” addresses the emergence of artificial intelligence and the ever-grayer divide between machine and man.  Fragments” – the album’s final track featuring only piano, harmonica and vocal – explores humanity’s place in the universe.

The album’s musical personnel includes some of Mississippi’s finest musicians, as well as New Orleans funk stalwarts Robert Mercurio and Jeff Raines (from GALACTIC) on the title track.  

Johnson, who has spent much of the seven years since his debut release helping his wife to raise their three children, is excited about this next step in his musical evolution.  He expresses gratitude for the ability to make music.  

“I believe that the art of making music and writing songs, as well as the appreciation and sharing of this music, is one of the most powerful links to our common humanity.  It’s the sonic manifestation of joyous, soul-enriching fulfillment.”


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Umbrella Man

- 2007


"Umbrella Man leaves no stone unturned. Scott Albert Johnson's debut mixes blues, rock, folk and jazz, unified by first-rate harmonica playing." (Maureen Palli, Relix ) 

"Scott Albert Johnson is a harmonica player of the highest class, and a fine and versatile singer and songwriter as well. He has been blessed with a beautiful, clear and unique voice, and his harp playing varies between steaming blues solos, Toots Thielemans-like jazzy stuff, and more subtle playing. His style intermingles pop, jazz and roots music and, of course, blues influences." (Rootstime [Belgium]) 

"Scott Albert Johnson's unique sound is irresistible and virtuosic in its breadth. Umbrella Man is a work of rare beauty and innovation. Rich, bluesy, and played with a heartfelt passion for the musical craft, his songs come as a refreshing challenge to a scene stifled by genre." (Tuesday Magazine) 
Umbrella Man was self-produced over a period of three years with local and regional musicians providing the backdrop for Scott Albert Johnson's tuneful ruminations on life, love, and the true meaning of "home." In addition to nine original songs, the album also includes a faithful harmonica version of Wynton Marsalis' "In the Court of King Oliver", featuring a cast of stellar New Orleans musicians that includes legendary drummer Johnny Vidacovich.

Scott's original songs include the track "Hollywood", about a young man's sacrifices to achieve his dreams; "What About Your Man", a look at infidelity from the sharpest and, perhaps, loneliest corner of the love triangle; "Spaceship", a blazing and exuberant paean to a light in the sky; "Turn Out Fine", a rollicking glance back at a past lover; "Magnolia Road", an ode to home and the other important things in life; and more.