My life as a songwriter began in 1966 when I was an Army brat living in Verdun, France. Over the next 10 years, I was very active in a wide variety of rock & roll bands that played high school dances an pep rallies, parish suppers and nightclubs.. During this time, I was lucky enough to be working with other musicians who were into doing original material. Even back then, I thought that the mark of a really good band was one that played some of their own songs.
By 1976, I had settled in the Long Island area of New York and was working as the lead singer-rhythm guitarist of the legendary LI rock combo, the Freelance Vandals; a band which was renowned for playing a lot of original material. During my Freelance Vandals years, the band opened shows for such notable artists as John Hiatt, Dr. John, NRBQ, Paul Butterfield, Rick Danko and Albert King. The Freelance Vandals also received accolades in such publications as The New York Times, Creem, Newsday, Variety, The Hollywood Press, Billboard and Cashbox.
As a live performer, I currently do shows with the Americana band, the Biscuit Kings. In the recording studio, I'm currently working on my own projects along with producing and participating in recordings with Haiku Monday, Little Slim & the Eyeballs, The Wonk Bros. and the Biscuit Kings for release on my own record label, MIND SMOKE RECORDS
"Johnny Pierre simultaneously inhabits the roles of slightly unhinged frontman and back-room writer immersed in song craft. The Long Island music veteran (by way of New Orleans) continues to be inspired to make an emotional connection with the listener, after nearly four decades on the local scene."
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