Jesse W. Johnson Jesse W. Johnson Chicago Jesse W. Johnson plays hooky-yet-dark rock & roll with the a little twinge of country twang. Johnson is a veteran of the Chicago scene, having reached local acclaim fronting Jet W. Lee, and his experience is immediately apparent upon first listen. Together with his solo band, Johnson presents tight, muscular songcraft with beautiful melodies and surprisingly dark lyrics. Most of all, his songs do something not so common today, tell a story, and it’s thoughtful word choice in the music that helps the listener personalize each song. Jesse and his bandmates Dane Marcussen (drums), Yoo Soo Kim (viola, synth), and Timothy Cap (bass) are finishing up a new LP for release later in 2020.