“Bravo! Bravissimo!! Universal material that will appeal to people from all over the world, at any age!” –Patrick Moraz, Yes/The Moody Blues
Colorway is a guitar heavy, pop rock trio formed and fronted by Independent Music Award winning guitarist, F Alex Johnson.
Hailing from Northampton, Mass and exuding the progressive, energetic indie rock leanings of the Pioneer Valley (home of And The Kids, The Sun Parade and Sebadoh) Colorway has put out two full length albums of finessed rock and roll (the latest release mastered by engineering god, Bob Ludwig). The band strive to make every live show an new experience where revelatory moments aren’t sacrificed for the sake of a cookie cutter set devoid of rough edges. Bandleader/vocalist/guitarist F. Alex Johnson gobbles up every inch of real estate on his guitar neck while bassist Matt Clegg and drummer, Riley Godleski hold down the fort with equal parts grace and ferocity.
Colorway has opened sold out shows for Foreigner, Kenny Wayne Shepherd, The Yardbirds, Delta Deep (feat. members of Def Leppard and Stone Temple Pilots), Ian Hunter, Quinn Sullivan and Television’s Richard Lloyd (who called the group “amazing and inspiring”) and was included in the 2016 Green River Festival alongside Dawes, Los Lobos, Tedeschi Trucks Band, Shakey Graves, Peter Wolf, NRBQ and tons more over three days.
The band is currently working on material for its third album and immediate (and continuous) plans are to write, record and tour as much and as often as possible. Music is one of our most precious resources, but luckily it is renewable if one has the motivation, the drive and the passion. Colorway has all of this and more and shows no sign of slowing down.
Colorway performs regularly in NYC, Boston, Burlington, Worcester, Albany, New Haven and at home in Northampton, MA. They tour all across the US on a regular basis and are looking forward to bringing their music all the way across the globe and back in the near future.
Check out a tune from Colorway’s show at Northampton’s Calvin Theater when they opened for Kenny Wayne Shepherd.
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Some backstory . . .
Alex began his musical career at the age of 14, playing in various Portuguese wedding bands in his hometown of Fall River, Mass. After moving two hours west to Northampton in the early 1990s, he co-founded the alt-country sextet, Drunk Stuntmen. The Stuntmen would go on to release five CDs and tour the US and abroad upwards of 200 shows a year. They would also release a series of passenger vans from their possession by various ghastly means: fire, transmission failure, ghosts, etc. It was a long, hard but ultimately rewarding learning experience.
Alex is also the lead guitarist for the senior singing sensations, The Young at Heart Chorus, who were the subject of a 2007 Fox Searchlight documentary Young At Heart. With the chorus Alex made two CDs, performed on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno and The Ellen Degeneres Show and toured four continents. He still performs with the group regularly.
But it wasn’t until 2007 that Alex got his wake-up call in the form of a DUI. After fifteen plus years of hard living he realized it was time for a change, quit cold turkey, and started journaling in his blog, Fearless By Default.
It was the clarity that ensued that allowed Alex to embrace making original music again. In the winter of 2012 he contacted Dave Hayes and JJ O’Connell and put the band together and booked some studio time with Mark Alan Miller at Sonelab in Easthampton, Mass. In June of 2013, Colorway released their debut self-titled album and began gigging in their region, building a solid fan base.
As new melodies kept waking Alex up at night and grabbing his attention it was time for the band to head back into Sonelab to record its second record, The Black Sky Sequined, the title taken from a poem penned by Alex’s late mother, Judy.
After the final mixes were cut, Alex decided to live out a dream and have them mastered by one of the best in the business, multiple Grammy award-winning engineer Bob Ludwig at Gateway Mastering Studio in Portland, Maine. Alex was honored to be able to attend the session and was even happier to hear Mr Ludwig exclaim after hearing the song, “Me and My Baby” for the first time, “That was a great solo . . . there’s lots of great solos on this record.”
The Black Sky Sequined was released 5/5/15 on CD, iTunes (MFiT) and 180 gram vinyl (cut by Chris Bellman at Bernie Grundman in Hollywood).
Watch Colorway Perform “Everybody Wants Me To Love You” Live At The Parlor Room, Northampton, MA, 12/31/16
“Then it began. Rockets. Stars. Flowers blooming.
The Black Sky Sequined.
Reds, yellows, blues, greens. Silver and gold.
Fireworks and the cheers of spectators.”
~Judith Ann Johnson 5/14/1941-1/11/2007