"Ironsight’s subjects focus on a varied array of lost souls, loners and losers— stories that underscore the darkness and despair suggested throughout. In a sense, the material reflects the malaise that the world has witnessed for the past year or so, but at the same time, there’s a dramatic narrative here that adds to the ultimate allure." ~Goldmine Magazine
Johnny Ironsights is an Americana and Alt-Country artist whose music channels the hard-living spirit and dark strangeness of the American underbelly. The Phoenix, Arizona singer-songwriter crafts a dynamic tone that incorporates country, goth and punk sensibilities into a unique and driving sound.
The drenched stereo reverb and pitch-shifting vibrato emanating from Ironsights’ Magnatone amp and Fender Jazzmaster guitar help create his signature sound. Born and raised in California, his new album draws on the uniquely American flavors of the Golden State—downtown Los Angeles, the Inland Empire, and the Redwood forest—where both the land and its inhabitants are at once dangerous, broken and yet, strangely noble.
Ironsights’ self-produced album “Murder Mountain” was written and recorded at his home studio in Phoenix during the pandemic and shortly after the death of his father to cancer. The songs are deeply personal as he laments about loss, reflects on his childhood, his first love and heartbreaks, while always staying positive for brighter times ahead. “I’ve seen America from so many different kinds of folks and my own biracial background, and I think that bleeds through into my music...I’m thankful for that.”
As a solo artist and band member, Ironsights has performed throughout the USA, Canada, Europe and South Asia. In 2014, he was awarded a Fulbright scholarship and moved to India for nine months, where he performed music for US State Department officials.
Johnny Ironsights’ new album Murder Mountain was mastered by three-time Grammy winning engineer Gavin Lurssen (O Brother Where Art Thou?, Lucinda Williams, Game of Thrones). The album includes notable pedal steel guitarist Tommy Detamore (Dallas Wayne, Jim Lauderdale, The Texas Tornados, Doug Sahm).
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