The Colorway Blog

Happy New Year! Bring On The Rock And/Or Roll.

Hi All,

Happy New Year to you! 

To those who are reading this I hope that this one is off to a good start. This part of the year is tough for a lot of folks (including myself at times). But music can connect us and heal us and bring good things about. That’s why we do what we do.

The band certainly had a wonderful 2018 as a band and want to thank those of you who came to a show, picked up our newest album “These Are The Days” or streamed it somewhere out there in the universe. If you did, we hope you liked what you heard. And if you really liked what you heard we hope you’ll share us with a friend or two. So thanks again for being part of the Colorway crew. It means the world to us. 

We have four shows this month that we’re really excited about and they are all completely free!!

Tonight, Thursday 1/3 we will be in Brattleboro, Vermont at the always enjoyable (and delicious) Whetstone Station. We will play a two-hour set (no break) beginning at 8:30. There will be incredible food available all night as well as their own handcrafted beer and plenty of NA options as well. It’s cozy, warm and easy to find. 

Tomorrow night, Friday, January 4, we will be making our maiden voyage to Fitchburg, Mass to play at a wonderful new and intimate venue, Strong Style Coffee. We will be the first of two trios on this bill. Following our set at 8pm will be Fitchburg’s own Warren Niles Potts and his band, Toboggan. I’ve heard nothing but great things about Niles’s music and we are all really looking forward to it. The show is free with a $5 suggested donation. There is food, beer, wine and, of course, strong style coffee available all night. 

If anyone reading this has friends in the North Central Mass area that might enjoy what we do we would love it if you’d forward this email or post link so they can come check us out. We’d love to make SSC a regular tour stop. 

Turning to the end of the month will see us playing at two of our very favorite places to play in the Commonwealth. 

Friday, January 25 we will be at Luthier’s Co-op in Easthampton, MA on Cottage St. The night kicks off with a solo set by the estimable Ray Mason at 7pm followed by Colorway at 8 and we’ll play until 9:30. This show is free, as always. 

Saturday, January 26 we head east to TOAD Cambridge in Porter Square for a good ol’ hour and forty five minute set in one of the Boston area’s longest-running and best venues for live music. 

So throw these in your iCal or your Cal-cal or just put ’em on a Post-it Note and stick it on the fridge. The year is young and there’s already so much fun to be had. 

That said, we’ll be taking February off for the most part (I’ll be playing solo show at Fort Hill Brewery from 5-7 on 2/15) but as for band stuff that’s gonna be it until March so we really hope you can come to one of these shows and say hi. 

Speaking of March, the third month of this year is certainly looking up, with some special shows in the books (can you say Yardbirds-redux?). You can check out all the details on our tour dates page right here. 

I’ve been posting some short snippets on our Instagram page and our Facebook page. So if you don’t follow us there you may miss them. 

That’s pretty much it, gang. Just rocking and rolling in the new year for now. Doing this thing that we do and striving to make a connection. 

We thank you for being part of what we do and want you to know that we couldn’t and wouldn’t do it without your support.

See you at the shows!


Three for free this weekend!

Hi All,

Happy darker days to you!

I know it sounds weird, but darker days come longer nights and longer nights are made for music–lots of music. 

I want to say hi and welcome to the new fans we made this past run of shows in October. Thanks for coming out to the Old 78 Farm Fest and to the Hyland Orchard Pavilion. You all made that weekend special for us. You can see some great pics of us from the farm fest taken by Jen Wytenus of Wyteneye Media right here. She has a ton of albums on her page of all the other bands that performed that day and night. Check them out while you’re there. 

Colorway has three fun shows in store for this weekend beginning with tonight,Thursday, at Whetstone Station in Brattleboro, VT. This is our go-to venue in Southern Vermont and we always have a great time there. We will play one long set from 8:30-10:30 and–just like the rest of the shows this month–it’s absolutely free!

There’s great food on the menu and awesome craft beer (it’s a brewery, too) at the bar. 

Friday, November 9 we will head back to our favorite place to play in Northwest Connecticut–The Stomping Ground in Putnam, CT. The owner, Terry, has created a loving and supportive environment for music six night a week! So come on out and grab some food from their kitchen (we are all partial to the gigantic and delicious Cobb Salad) and check out a full night of Colorway starting at 8pm. 

Saturday closes out our run of our only shows this month. If you’re in the Boston area come on out to TOAD Cambridge for a nice and early show from the band. We will play straight from 7:30-9:45. We have really settled into a nice groove at TOAD and every show (we’ve played there several times now) has been fun and exciting. The fully stocked bar and the food available from next door’s Christopher’s Restaurant will keep you sated and the band will keep your ears happy, we promise. 

Finally for November, I’ll be playing a solo show at Fort Hill Brewery in Easthampton next Friday, November 16 from 5-7pm. The new music room and accompanying PA is really special and, so I’m told, they have some of the best craft beer in the area which is really saying something. 

That’s pretty much it. If you can make it to any of these shows that’s wonderful. If you can’t but have some friends in any of the areas we’re playing who might enjoy it please forward this email along. We can’t do this without the fans so thank you for being part of this thing we do called music. 

For those in the US we hope you have a great Thanksgiving and we will see you in December for a few special shows. Check out all the details on everything coming up right here! 

See you at the shows!


PS: Happy Veterans Day to all who serve and have served our country. Thank you so very much for your service. We will rock out for ya this weekend for sure. 

All the deets on the above below:

Thursday, November 8, Colorway Performs at Whetstone Station, Brattleboro, VT

Colorway is excited to return to one of Brattleboro’s best places to see live music, Whetstone Station. The venue is located right off of downtown and right on the banks of the Connecticut River. Don’t miss this very special performance. Whetstone Station has amazing food, craft beers, a full bar and so much more. 

When: Thursday, 11/9
Where: Whetstone Station
36 Bridge St
Brattleboro, VT
Whetstone on Facebook
Phone: (802) 490-2354
Time: 8:30pm
Cost: Free
All Ages!

See their full lineup of music right here.

Full menu here.

Facebook event page here!

Friday, November 9, Colorway Performs at The Stomping Ground, Putnam, CT

Tucked away in the southeast corner of CT is an amazing place for music, food and drink. Come see a full two sets of Colorway in one of our favorite places to play. 

When: Friday, November 9
Where: The Stomping Ground
132 Main St
Putnam, CT 06260
TSG on Facebook
What time: 8-11pm
Phone: (860) 928-7900
Time: 8-11pm
Cost: no cover!
21+ unless with guardian

Facebook event page here!

Saturday, November 10, Colorway Performs at TOAD, Cambridge, MA

When: Saturday, November 3
What time: 7:30-9:15
Where: Toad
1912 Massachusetts Ave.
Cambridge, MA 02140
Toad on Facebook
Public transit: Red line to Porter Square
Ph.  (617) 497-4950
Cost: No Cover!

Facebook Event Page

Friday, November 16, Alex Performs At Fort Hill Brewery, Easthampton, MA (solo show) 

When: Friday, November 16
Where: Fort Hill Brewery
30 Fort Hill Rd, Easthampton, MA
Directions here
Fort Hill on Facebook
Phone: (413) 203-5754
What time: 5-7pm
Cost: FREE!! (tips appreciated)
This event is all ages!

Facebook event page here.

Independent Music Award winner and Colorway guitarist, F Alex Johnson is back at one of the most unique places to see live music in the area: Fort Hill Brewery in Easthampton, Mass. On Saturday, April 14 at 3pm come see Alex perform two full sets of songs from his twenty-seven years of making music in the valley on the stage of Fort Hill’s new music room. 

Since it’s inception in 2014 Fort Hill has carved out a niche for themselves hosting local legends like Ray Mason, Bruce Korona and Wildcat O’Halloran on a regular basis early and free (and all ages) every week. Alex has become a bit of a staple at the brewery over the past two years where he is fond of imbibing some of the nation’s top rated tap water while playing to both beer aficionados and the under 21 crowd alike. 

Fort Hill Brewery is one of the areas best new places for fresh, craft beer made on premises. 

From their website: Our goal is to provide the Pioneer Valley with the best traditional German-style lager for a clean, refreshing taste you’ll always come back to. All of our beers follow the German purity law of Reinheitsgebot, meaning that our beers contain only four ingredients: water, malt, hops, and yeast. 

Not to mention they are the #2 thing to do in Easthampton according to Trip Advisor. 

These Are Still The Days! Let’s Share Them Together.

Can it really be September?

Seems the last time I looked we were getting ready to launch These Are The Days” on the first day of summer back in June. 

Well, I guess the calendar doesn’t lie but it sure does like to be cagey. Right now it’s 90 degrees and I’m wearing shorts and a tee shirt. But that’s the way it goes. 

We have some great shows coming up this weekend that I want to talk about right off the bat. 

First up is Easthampton on Friday, September 7.  The place is Luthier’s Co-op on Cottage St (one of the best places to see music anywhere). The night kicks off with the pop music of The Prestons at 7pm. The duo of Bill Catalde and Rick Murnane perform as Liam and Chard Preston and who—according to their Bandcamp page bio “write cheerful songs about death and dead people . . . and on rare occasions come out and sing them to the living”. Colorway goes on at 8pm and we’ll play a 90 minute set of tunes spanning all three albums and maybe even throw in a Tom Petty cover if the time is right. Closing out the night with a set beginning at 9:30 is Sly Fox and The Hustlers, a trio from Albany, NY who play “Heavy voodoo blues over swampy, funky, grooves”.

The show is free, all ages and always a good time. Luthier’s has two rooms, two bars, hard and soft drinks and the country’s best water (for real) on tap. Oh, and you can buy a guitar, bass, banjo or amp while you’re there. 🙂

Saturday. September 8 sees us back in the comfy surroundings of TOAD Cambridge right in the heart of Porter Square. This has quickly become our go-to place to play in the Boston area. This 21+ show is a no cover affair and we go on nice and early (7:30) and will play until 9:15pm. They have great food, too! 

Sunday, September 9 we are thrilled to be part of the Narrows Music and Arts Fest in Fall River, Mass. This is my hometown and I’ve played the amazing venue (The Narrows Center For The Arts) before both with Drunk Stuntmen, the original Colorway lineup as well as opening shows, solo, for Ian Hunter as well as Quinn Sullivan. But this is the first time the trio of me, Riley and Matt will be performing onstage. It’s a full day and early evening of music on two stages. Colorway will play indoors from 1:10-2:10. Scroll down for the full lineup and more info.

Looking ahead to Friday, September 14 we will head back to Troy, NY to play at Dinosaur BBQ. This will be a full-on three hour show beginning at 9pm. It’s absolutely free and the barbecue–as Matt would say–is bananas. 

So, if you’ve made it this far I might as well share some more stuff with you. We had a great album release party at New City Brewery. Tom Adams from Reelife Productions took some great videos of us (with sound from Bob Humphreys). You can check one of the tunes “Want To Be Everywhere” out right here. We have other vids on our Youtube channel. Be sure to subscribe while you’re there so you don’t miss out on fresh new vids. 

You can pick up the new album at any of our live shows as well as via our webshop and Bandcamp. We’re also on iTunes and all the other streaming services that they talk about in the news. 

Reviews have been all positive. The Valley Advocate’s Chris Goudreau said “‘These Are The Days’ will give you hope for humanity”. You can read lots more reviews right here. It makes us all so happy to know our hard work has made even a bit of difference. 

We were so lucky to have Easy Weasel as part of our album release. Thanks to Chris Collingwood, Rick Murnane and Brad Thayer for putting on such a harmonious set. There are also some amazing photos from that night taken by Julian Parker-Burns as well as our set at Transperformance 28 where we performed as Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers. You can check those out here and see the full Tom Petty set here.  

I’ve been playing a lot of solo shows lately. And to go along with this I was blessed with a great session of portrait photography by the incredible Jim Gipe at Pivot Media right here in Florence, Mass. You can see some of the pics here. I’m a lucky guy and am happy to be able to find a place for this music all by my lonesome. 

I’ve been putting up some small snippets (60 seconds or less) of my guitar playing on our Instagram page. If you haven’t checked us out there why not head over and follow us. 

There’s been a lot that’s happened this summer. So many great shows and so much amazing music. We love it that you are on board with what we do but we can’t do this all ourselves. So if you like what you hear and see please share us with a friend who might not know who we are. Forward this to somebody in Boston or Troy or Fall River who digs the rock and roll. 

We’re all in this together. Let’s have some fun!

On behalf of Matt and Riley I’ll say a collective “rock on” and we hope to see you at the shows,



Friday, September 7, Colorway Performs at Luthier’s Co-op, Easthampton, MA

Come join us as we play one of the best rooms for live music in the valley.  Early and free!

This amazing lineup includes:

7pm: The Prestons (Bill Catalde, Rick Murnane)
8pm: Colorway
9:30pm: Sly Fox and The Hustlers (Albany)

When: Friday, 9/7
Where: Luthier’s Co-op
108 Cottage St
Easthampton, MA
What time: 8-9:30
Phone: (413) 527-6627
How Much: Free (tips appreciated)

Join the Facebook Event Page here!

Saturday, September 8, Colorway Performs at TOAD, Cambridge, MA

Colorway performs a full hour and forty five minute set at one of the best and most intimate venues in the Boston area. 

When: Saturday, September 8
What time: 7:30-9:15
Where: Toad
1912 Massachusetts Ave.
Cambridge, MA 02140
Toad on Facebook
Public transit: Red line to Porter Square
Ph.  (617) 497-4950
Cost: No Cover!

Join the Facebook Event Page here!

Sunday, September 9, Colorway Performs at The Narrows Center Arts Fest, Fall River, MA


When: Sun, 9/9
Where: Narrows Center For The Performing Arts
16 Anawan St
Fall River, MA 02721
What Time: Colorway will play from 1:10-2:10pm on the indoor stage
Phone: (508) 324-1926
How much: FREE!!

Join the Facebook Event Page here!


The Narrows Festival of the Arts has emerged as one of the premier music and arts festivals in New England. Ideally located on Fall River’s historic waterfront, the free festival features a wide variety of high-quality art and music. Musicians will be rotating through all day long on both an outdoor and our indoor stage. There will be twenty art vendors present, sharing and selling their original work. Food trucks and lemonade will be onsite, as well as exotic animals as part of the Children’s Museum tent. Come on down for a fun day of music and art! 


Friday, September 14, Colorway Performs at Dinosaur BBQ, Troy, NY

Excited to be heading back West to Troy to perform at one of the best live music venues in the area: Dinosaur BBQ.

When: Friday, September 14
Where: Dinosaur BBQ
377 River St
Troy, NY 12180
Dinosaur BBQ on Facebook
Phone: (518) 308-0400
What time: 9:30-12:30
Cost: FREE!
All Ages!

Join the Facebook Event Page here!

“GREAT guitar throughout these nine, tight, non-overproduced songs. Very fluid and imaginative playing and Alex isn’t afraid to take chances. An excellent album.” —Tom Guerra, Vintage Guitar Magazine

“These Are the Days shows Colorway’s breadth, without stinting on depth […] a rock-solid collection of songs with catchy hooks, taut riffs and hard-won wisdom.” –Eric R Danton, Listen, Dammit(Paste/WSJ/Rolling Stone)

“This record sounds f*cking great! Sounds like you’re channeling Golden Earring . . .  which is f*cking sweet.” –Chris Collingwood

“Their third album is their strongest yet . . . songs you want to drive to on a summer day . . . songs to put a smile on your face.” —Lauren Daley, Southcoast Today/The Boston Globe

“Alex’s guitar playing is exceptional, and the whole vibe is positive and fun–well done!” Morgan Fisher, Mott the Hoople/Queen

“The nine tunes here showcase his ability to craft hooky pop-rock tunes and fill them with his always inventive guitar work.” –Sheryl Hunter, Greenfield Recorder


Remember, our music is available at on CD and 180gram vinyl (for The Black Sky Sequined) and any of the following valley stores. Thanks for shopping local:

Turn it Up
5 Pleasant St
Northampton, MA

Platterpus Records
28 Cottage St
Easthampton, MA

Electric Eye Records
52 Main St Suite 6
Florence, MA

Mystery Train Records
178A North Pleasant St
Amherst, MA

“No music, no life.”