Gordie Johnson escapes the name game

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Former Big Sugar frontman brings new band, Grady, to St. John's

The news release describes Grady as a "country-metal trio," which comes as a bit of a surprise to Gordie Johnson.

"Where did country metal come from?" he said. "I live in the country, I own cows, so I guess that makes me country."

He prefers to describe the band as "Junior Brown being backed up by Black Flag."

Johnson is the frontman for Grady, and former lead singer of Big Sugar.

Grady, featuring (from left) Gordie Johnson on guitar and vocals, drummer Nina Singh and bassist "Big Ben" Richardson, performs in St. John's at Club One Sunday night. Photo by Judson Baker

The news release describes Grady as a "country-metal trio," which comes as a bit of a surprise to Gordie Johnson.

"Where did country metal come from?" he said. "I live in the country, I own cows, so I guess that makes me country."

He prefers to describe the band as "Junior Brown being backed up by Black Flag."

Johnson is the frontman for Grady, and former lead singer of Big Sugar.

Grady will be playing at Club One April 20 as part of a tour through Atlantic Canada to promote its second album "A Cup of Cold Poison."

Johnson, who currently lives in Texas, says he's looking forward to coming back to Canada for the tour.

"I consider the Canadian Maritimes and the whole Atlantic coast to be a distinct thing - it's own kind of world," he said.

Johnson moved to Texas to get away from his success and fame from Big Sugar.

"(Texas) was just somewhere I could go and start over without any preconceived notion of the responsibility of being some kind of star," he said.

"As a star, I think you've got to keep on the move, or you get stagnant."

Since he got to Texas, he says his music has changed.

"Big Sugar had a lot to do with the environment we were in; I was living in a West Indian neighbourhood in downtown Toronto playing with a bunch of Jamaican dudes, so the music sounded the way it did," he said.

"Now I live in the Texas hill country and the people I play with don't come from the same background."

"A Cup of Cold Poison" was released in June 2007 and features a guest appearance from Willie Nelson - he tells a joke - and Newfoundland native Ron Hynes.

jmcleod@thetelegram.com

Geographic location: Texas, Atlantic Canada, St. John's Canadian Maritimes Toronto Newfoundland

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