Frontman, Johnny Delaware lives in a wide-eyed perspective baptized in the setting of a John Mellencamp song. “You have to be awake in this life” -
Before Johnny’s stint with Charleston-based SUSTO, Johnny found himself as a solo artist from a small town in South Dakota. Eventually, life would take him to Albuquerque, NM, Nashville, TN, Austin, TX, and Charleston, SC where he met Atlanta with native guitarist and collaborator Clay Houle. Both teamed up to write and conceptualize what has become The Artisanals. It is the culmination of the collective’s years of unique individual experiences writing, recording, touring, and living life.
After releasing their debut self titled LP Sep 2018 via AWAL, The Artisanals began their nomadic lives wandering about the US and Europe bringing their psychedelic swagger, and southern rock to various venues. In the past year, they shared the stage with friends: Band of Horses, Car Seat Headrest, Shovels and Rope, Dylan Leblanc, and Roadkill Ghost Choir and received critical acclaim from Huffington Post, Paste Magazine, Daytrotter, and PopMatters among others.
Working with producer Wolfgang Zimmerman ( Band of Horses, Susto) The Artisanals incorporated unusual instruments like a sitar, 12-string acoustic guitar, a gong, a Japanese koto, French horns, cello other Eastern influences, reminiscent of George Harrison. They were the first band to record at the Magic Barn in Iowa City, a studio previously based in NYC that has a lengthy history in of itself was another inspiring element for the band. They recorded using a 1970 NEVE 80 Series used for David Bowie’s final album “Blackstar,” Coldplay’s “Viva La Vida,” Lou Reed’s “Magic and Loss,” The Ramones’ “Mondo Bizarro,” Kurt Vile’s “Smoke Ring for My Halo” and Arcade Fire’s “The Suburbs.”
“The Artisanals’ music is a blend of Americana charm and southern rock swagger” - Billboard
The Artisanals… [bring] to mind the best of Tom Petty and the more fun aspects of Father John Misty and The War on Drugs” – Paste
“Inspiration is like an invisible ghost,” says Johnny Delaware. “It’s your friend, and it kind of takes you over. You’re a conduit for it. That’s what musicians are; these modern-day shamans that take inspiration and give it form through song. It’s a lot like magic.”
Their new single “Violet Light” produced by Drew Vandenberg (Toro y Moi, of Montreal, Kishi Bashi) has been Praised by Rolling Stone as having been “built to preach the gospel of rock n’ roll,” The Artisanals hold iconic predecessors Tom Petty, George Harrison, and Jackson Browne close to their chest.
"Sounds like Heartland rock & roll built for Trans Am stereos, mushroom trips and the boombox in Jeff Spicoli’s bedroom" - Rolling Stone
The band has created a kaleidoscope of... edgy rock that recalls the best of Jackson Browne, Dawes and Delta Spirit. The production tinkers with rock hits from the 70’s and 80’s, immediately reflecting a nostalgic vibe but remaining equally vibrant and relevant." - Glide
“The Artisanals pull off the neat trick of straddling the line between small-scale touches and anthemic choruses” – PopMatters
"Violet Light” also produced by Vandenberg. Is the first released track from their forthcoming record - We can expect the record to be out in early 2020.
The Artisanals’s tracks