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2017: Call it a Comeback


Most of you know that I bailed out of the live rock and roll scene around 2007. I’ve always said that if the songs were good enough, I might do the band thing again. That said, 2017 marks my prominent return to live performing. In January, I accepted the position as bass player for the new, original blues-rock power-trio, Mason.

Johnny Zapp live with Mason

The group recorded a stellar debut with their previous bass player that had yet to be released. I quickly learned the material from the record, we dialed in our sound and worked up a half dozen new tunes for the live set. The record, Midnight Road, was released worldwide to critical acclaim on April 14th, also marking the live debut of the band in Phoenix.

Mason will be hitting the left coast hard this summer, from Southern California all the way up to the Canadian border. Please follow the Mason Facebook page for dates.

I’ll also be playing bass for the occasional gig with Mason frontman’s solo side project, the Jacob Acosta Band. You can follow Jacob’s Facebook page for dates.

Live at Kulak’s Woodshed

Live at Kulak’s Woodshed with Bernie Lezotte

With all the bass I’m playing lately, I haven’t been neglecting my acoustic guitars either. Bernie Lezotte and I just did a “Storyteller’s” type of acoustic show at Kulak’s Woodshed in North Hollywood. We had a blast playing each other’s original material, talking about the inspiration for the songs and knocking out a few covers, too. I played bass on Bernie’s songs and he played lead guitar on mine. The show was broadcast live and filmed, so watch for videos soon. We plan on doing more acoustic events like this throughout the year, as our schedules permit. Make sure to like/follow my Facebook page if you’re not already, to keep up with all the dates for my performances.

Johnny Zapp Clayton USA Picks

2017 also begins my endorsement relationship with Clayton USA. I’ve been using Clayton products since I was a little kid, riding my bmx bike to the local music store so it’s pretty cool to be working with them now. Thanks for the goods, Clayton!

International plus-model, Ruby Roxx, looking fine in her red Johnny Zapp deep V-neck


Lastly, due to popular request, I now have the ladies Johnny Zapp deep V-necks in red!!! Check out international plus-model, Ruby Roxx in hers! Get yours now for the summer! Click here to purchase.

Keep your eyes out for my live gigs and ongoing work with Vintage Guitar Magazine!