JOHNNY DILKS & THE FUGITIVES
Johnny Dilks, originally from San Mateo, California started his country career with his first band the Rhythm Rustlers, and which eventually because the Visitacion Valley Boys. Having perfected a high and lonesome traditional country sound, Johnny Dilks & His Visitacion Valley Boys were signed by HighTone Records and released the widely praised ‘Acres of Heartache’ in 1999. From this album, track ‘Comin’ on Thru’ was featured in the 2000 crime-thriller ‘The Way of the Gun.’ During this time period Johnny played along-side with Alt-Country/Rockabilly legends Dale Watson, Big Sandy and His Fly-Rite Boys, James Intveld, and Wayne Hancock on numerous bills across the country.
In 2009 Johnny moved to New Orleans and formed his band The Highway Kind, which was a 12 piece ensemble mixing the classic sounds of Southern Soul Music with the best of golden years of country music.
Today Johnny’s sound is more Honky-Tonk than the high and lonesome throwback sound of the early aughts. Johnny Dilks and the Fugitives are more comparable to Merle Haggard and Buck Owens these days. However, Johnny still does a fair amount of yodeling as featured on ‘Acres of Heartache,’ but it is a nice complement to the sound on his 2016 album ‘Rock Salt and Nails.’ Johnny’s new material along with the songs perfected in California, now add to an amazing show with a perfect Western Swing/Honky-Tonk balance.
Johnny Dilks and the Fugitives, can best be described as American Music at its finest. These guys blend the sounds of Classic Country, and souther soul with a flare unique to New Orleans.
Acts he’s backed: Charlie Louvin (The Louvin Brothers), Jimmie Rivers. Major Acts he’s been billed with: Jerry Lee Lewis, Guy Clark, Rambling Jack Elliot, Wanda Jackson, Hal Ketchum, Merle Haggard, Hank Thompson, Ray Sharpe.
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