JOHNNY RILEY from Groveton, Texas (Vocals, Lead Guitar, Harp, and various other instruments). Johnny Riley’s music is influenced by both Gospel music and Mississippi blues with a Texas twang and some “Outlaw” influences. Johnny Riley has an unforgettable soulful voice which he can use like a field holler if need be.During his show he plays lead guitar and adds a large dose of Harmonica to the mix. Johnny Riley`s music is strongly influenced by both his Mississippi and Texas roots. Johnny’s mother was from Clarksdale, MS. Johnny’s father was a Holiness preacher from Texas.
Influences: B. B. King, Howlin Wolf, George Jones, Credence Clearwater Revival, and ZZ Top.
Performing BLUES, COUNTRY, OUTLAW BLUES, ROCK, and CONTEMPORARY BLUES Johnny Riley performs high energy shows from a catalog of highly acclaimed original music and from a list of over 200 cover songs. Performing Solo, Duo, or with a full Band. Johnny is comfortable and at home performing an entertaining show for his fans in any size of audience or venue giving them the show they want. Johnny has played all over the South West US in countless tours.
Huey’s – Memphis, TN
HardHeads – Crystal Beach, FL
Ground Zero – Clarksdale, MS
Buddy Guy’s Legends, Chicago, Illinois
Brother’s Lounge, Cleveland, Ohio
Red Brick Tavern, Conroe, Texas
Cypress Saloon, Cypress, Texas
Caravan of Music Festival, Clarksdale, MS
Midnight Jamboree Grand Ole Opry Show, Nashville, TN with Hall of Fame Inductee and Grammy Nominated Songwriter Glen Douglas Tubb.
Smokin On the Pecos, Artesia, New Mexico
Houston Astros Stadium, Houston, Texas performing National Anthem
Johnny Riley Opening Act for: Country Music Legend Gene Watson, Rock & Roll and Country Music star Billy Joe Royal and in December, 2011 with Grammy Award winner David Bell.
The Johnny Riley Band is a favorite in Mississippi Casinos; Harlow’s Greenville, MS, Sam’s Town, Tunica, MS Hollywood Casino, Tunica, MS and Tunica Resorts, Tunica, MS
South by Southwest Festival, Austin, Texas
Port Author Crab Festival, Port Author, Texas
The Wounded Warriors, Crystal Beach, Texas