"It’s still early music-wise in 2021, but I’m calling it – this intense and dynamic record is going to be one of my favorite albums of the year and Johnny Ironsights is going to be one of my favorite personal musical discoveries at year’s end." ~Americana Highways
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. Goldmine Magazine says “Think Steve Earle in league with Nick Cave.”
The drenched stereo reverb and pitch-shifting vibrato emanating from Ironsights’ Magnatone amp and Fender Jazzmaster guitar help create his signature sound. “Ironsights rules as king of an underground of his own making that draws you in like a Tarantino movie.” writes the Midwest Record.
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.
American Songwriter Magazine calls it “undeniably punk-driven but buoyed by unmistakable elements of Americana and supported by his distinctive songwriting capabilities.”
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. “Fearlessness is one of the best tools a songwriter can have, and Ironsights knows it.”, proclaims The Rocking Magpie.
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 multiple Grammy winning engineer Gavin Lurssen (Sarah Jarosz, Lucinda Williams, O Brother Where Art Thou?).