Inspired by many styles of music, it’s the blues that truly drive Johnny wild.
In March of 2014, Johnny Cox released his debut album Thin Blue Line, featuring eleven high-energy original tracks that represent the palette of his musical personality. Thin Blue Line has garnered Johnny much attention in the blues community throughout Canada and internationally. With an exciting new album in production, Johnny is poised to become a well-known and potent fixture in the blues scene. Along with his electrifying band, The Magnetic Line, Johnny plans to bring his powerful live performance to other countries around the world — especially Scotland.
Born in Toronto in 1970, Johnny’s parents moved the family to Scotland when Johnny was only four. His parents purchased and renovated a grain mill turning it into the Old Mill Hotel, an iconic landmark in Motherwell, a steel town on the outskirts of Glasgow. The Old Mill became their new home. Johnny’s family owned and operated the Hotel until 1986 at which time they decided to move back to Canada. Johnny was sixteen.
Leaving Motherwell at such a tender impressionable age was bittersweet; saying goodbye to the Old Mill and to his friends has left him haunted and forever pining for his Scottish stomping grounds. Despite the excitement of moving back to Canada, loneliness set in. The Hotel had featured many bands over the years and as a kid Johnny had become quite comfortable with musical instruments, namely the guitar. Finding his mojo, Johnny whiled away the years on a Stratocaster, devoting himself to the techniques of Eric Clapton, Albert King, John Lee Hooker and Buddy Guy, irresistibly drawn to blues music and the deep emotional pool it embodied.
In the process of becoming ‘whole’ musically, hungering for more than being a blues guitar player, Johnny felt compelled to start singing and writing his own material. Since that realization he’s been on a feverish journey, honing his craft and finding his home in the world of music. Johnny embraces many roots styles but in his heart he’s still a junkie for the blues, playing guitar in his sleep and bending every note.