The Undiscovered: Johnny Dunn

Johnny Dunn


Big Blues Music

Bassist and songwriter Johnny Dunn heads up The Dare Ya Blues Band, who have released an EP-length CD entitled Room To Move. Dunn, who also plays some guitar on the album, leaves the fiery blues leads in the capable hands of Kane Daily. Daily offers his take on blues-box solos, lending snaky slide leads and overdriven, blues-drenched-but-edgy runs to the material. Highlights include the memorable title track, the Allman Brothers flavored instrumentals "Outerbanks" and "Dreams" and the aggressive "Life On The Chin". A likeable blues album which hopes to introduce Dunn and company to a wider audience.


Johnny Dunn started playing acoustic guitar at the age of 7, playing for local mass services in his area. At the age of 12 he picked up the bass guitar, and the obsession he has for it is still a compulsion. In 1983 Johnny was a member of the rockabilly trio Joey Ace and The Deal, while in 1986 he played and recorded with Hall & Oates. For the next six years he played with his own group, called Armed and Ready. Beginning in 1992, Johnny spent six more years with the blues group theSlamjammers. He formed the Smokedaddys in 1998 with guitarist Joe Vicino and recorded two original albums before disbanding.

Dunn teamed up with Chris Anstiss and guitarist/friend Kane Daly to form the Dare Ya Blues Band, which also features contributions from keyboardist/vocalist Mike DiMeo and a cameo appearance from King Bees on Delta Harp.

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Johnny Dunn
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