Johnzo West is an Indiana native whom has been releasing solo EPs and working with some of the biggest names in the music industry since 2004. West is currently working on his next full length which is due out this summer. West recently has been involved with Amnesty International working on an arrangement of Bob Dylan’s “You’re Gonna Make Me Lonesome When You Go” which featured Miley Cyrus. Along with Cyrus, the compilation also featured artists including Adele, Elvis Costello, and Sting. West’s most current session work was with Billy Ray Cryus where he played guitars on the country crooner’s next full length due out in November of this year.
When it comes to music it is clear that West is influenced by many musicians from different genres. Mostly you hear the influence of late 60’s and early 70’s Rock and Folk, but you also get hints of Blues, Country, and surprisingly Reggae. If you where to put West next to any artist I would put him next to John Mayer because of the way he mashes all of his influences into a very dynamic sonic tapestry.
Key tracks to listen to from West are his latest digital single “The Good Fight” which reminds me of The Avett Brothers mixed with Mumford and Sons. “I’ll Do My Best” is another great track to check out of West’s if I would compare it to something I’d say it is reminiscent of Neil Young. “Couldn’t Do You Right” is a great track too, and you can truly hear his reggae roots throughout the tracks accompaniment.
You will definitely hear more from Mr. West in the near future, and I can’t wait to hear what he releases this summer.
Check Out Johnzo’s Single “The Good Fight” below: