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Johnny Lawrie was born in Wrentham, MA, a boring, conservative suburb of Boston. His parents divorced when he was seven years old. His mother and his older brother's best friend's mom bought a cottage in the very outer part of Cape Cod in Provincetown. Johnny spent his summers going down there; boogy boarding and surfing. It felt to him like Massachusetts answer to be like Califonia. Between skateboaring, going to Cape Cod, and watching movies like Lords of Dogtown, Johnny fell in love with California culture, and knew that he would move there ASAP.
Two years after his parent's divorce, his mother admitted that she was a lesban. Johnny was cool with it, but his older brother Steve, who was 13 at the time, didn't take it as cooly. Johnny is a more open minded and progressive then his brother who is four years older than him.
After receiving threatening phone calls from members of the congregational church Johnny, his brother, mother, and mother's partner attended, his mom started looking for land up in Vermont. On March 18th, 2005, Johnny, his mom nancy, and her partner Jo, moved up to Brattleboro, VT much to his father's shagrin. Understandly so because of seeing him every other weekend and once a week, Johnny only saw him once a month.
Two months after moving up to Vermont, Johnny started taking guitar lessons from Greg Burnell, who would remain Johnny's guitar teacher for four years. He taught him everything, from chords, melodies, scales, and music theory. Johnny gained most of his music knowledge from taking lessons with Greg.
Johnny played many sports growin up from football, basketball, wrestling, soccer, to track, but baseball was by far his favorite. Not making his freshmen baseball team was a turning point for Johnny because he had all this time on his hands, so he played guitar. Winters were harsh, and loving skateboarding, hiking, and many warm weather activities made it harsh for Johnny, but gave him the time he needed to hone his skills on guitar.
Johnny moved out to California right after highschool. He moved to Eureka in Humboldt to attend College of the Redwoods, although the whole point he moved out was to enjoy the beauty of the coastlne and redwood forest, and become the greatest musician the world has ever seen!
Johnny has traveled over 4,000 miles on Highway 101 (650 miles of which he hitchhiked) and 1,000 miles on the 5 all for music. He's gone all the way down to San Diego, and all the way up to northern Oregon playing music. There are many great adventures that he has gone on during his three years in California. Johnny has played great venues such as Sidewalk cafe, Ash Street Saloon, Whiskey A Go Go, Blondies, Hemlock Tavern, Stork Club, Hotel Utah, Red Devil Lounge, Lestat's, and many more.
Johnny had to move down to San Francisco after visiting there several times, and being well received by people of all ages, genders, and ethnic background because of his passion and skills. On August 1st, 2011 (Jerry Garcia's birthday) he moved down the coast from Humboldt to San Francisco. In one year's time he has played over 600 open mics and 14 shows.
Johnny is a mellow dude who enjoys going to Ocean Beach a couple days a weeks in San Francisco. He plays music regularly, and reaches for the stars everyday. Johnny fell down from the sky to light up the world through his music.