Who Knew Charlie Shoe?

Richard Leo Johnson/Gregg Bendian

Who Knew Charlie Shoe?


Richard Leo Johnson’s style on the acoustic guitar is marked by emotional depth, complexity and hauntingly unfamiliar harmonies. Percussionist Gregg Bendian is the leader of The Mahavishnu Project and Interzone. Richard and Gregg have toured together in the past, opening for King Crimson, among others, but this is their first recording together.

This record is an extension of the music and story of Vernon McAlister and his music’s influence on the people he encountered, which started on Richard’s last record, The Legend of Vernon McAlister. As on that album, Richard has taken on a character’s role in order to ‘get inside’ of the music.

Richard and Gregg work with *junk* percussion, cheap guitars purchased off eBay, field recordings and simple tape effects to make a kaleidoscopic, down-home, psychedelic experience.

In a few spots, Gregg’s non-standared percussion instruments are reminscent of the Harry Partch instruments, and the music resembles what a meeting of Harry Partch and John Fahey might have been!