Jan 312014


Bendigo’s inaugural Recycled Roots Festival is thrilled to announce a fantastic lineup including  headliner Justin Johnson (USA)Jarrod ShawKim Volkman and Stackhouse!

Recycled Roots Festival is a celebration of the art and ingenuity of home made and hand made instruments including recycled, recovered and repurposed items, cigar boxes, hubcaps, kitchen drawers, suitcases and more.

Jamie Mcpherson, Captain Tricko and Blind Kiwi are also on the bill and there will be builders stalls, live music, workshops, open stage, community jams and more from midday ’til late.

April 19  – Recycled Roots Revolution  – Bendigo  

Cigar box guitar. Dobro. Mandolin. Lap steel. There is nothing with strings that Justin Johnson does not simply shred like evidence. 
Paul Schomer, NPR music producer 
Hailed by Guitar World as a must see act and dubbed “The Wizard” for his mastery of stringed instruments, Justin Johnson has earned many accolades including a 1st place win in the Slidestock International Slide Guitar Competition.  His virtuosic playing style has earned him endorsements from guitar and instrument builders around the world.  Justin is also one of a select few guitarists that have been hand picked to perform for the Woodstock International Luthier’s Showcase in the USA, and the Deloraine Stringfest in Australia, highlighting the work of many of the finest acoustic guitar builders in the world.
Justin Johnson is one of the premier cigar box guitar performers playing today, highlighting the traditional American Roots instrument in a way that honors the history of the instrument while innovating new approaches by incorporating modern technology.  Justin expertly builds layers of music to create a full-band show as a soloist, incorporating up to a dozen stringed instruments including one-string diddley bows, acoustic and electric six-string guitars, twelve-string guitar, cigar box guitars, resonators, mandolin and percussion.
With a style firmly rooted in Blues tradition, but not afraid to break new ground, Justin’s unique sound is the direct result of his passion for combining and advancing widely varying musical forms from all corners of the world.  The result is a sound unlike any other: sincere and soulful explorations, waxing between playful romps across the strings, hauntingly pensive Gypsy dreamscapes, and gritty, driving Blues.
Justin has shared bills with many well-known acts such as The Allman Brothers, Victor Wooten, Dirty Dozen Brass Band, Jeff Coffin, Widespread Panic, Matisyahu, Tim Reynolds and Chris Thomas King, among others.
Justin’s innovative approach is garnering strong international attention. We are proud to be introducing 2014 tour dates Australia.

March 7-10 – Port Fairy Folk Festival – VIC


More info: http://www.portfairyfolkfestival.com/?page_id=5284

March 21-23 – Deloraine Stringfest – TAS


April 19 – Recycled Roots Revolution  – Bendigo  

April 25-27 – Mt Beauty Music Festival – VIC
Further dates for Justin Johnson TBA!