John has been playing music since he was in High school. The son of a Guitar teacher, John was exposed to music and playing the guitar early in life. His Father was a jazz and theory enthusiast and had an influence on John's tastes and style. Along with his influence, John listened and was driven by varied genres ranging from Led Zeppelin to Neil Young as well as Steely Dan and various Progressive Rock artists. John began writing songs in his 20's and has recorded in studios on several occasions. He has played in multiple configurations in bands starting with "Magen's Bay" in 80's, "Trash To Steam" a more 70's Style rock band in the 90's and evolved into "Swedes Run" earlier in the 2000's mixing rootsy acoustic electric sound with originals and cover style song performances. John's most recent band comprised of 5 pieces (sometimes 6) playing as John Johnson and THE ESCAPE PLAN which led to him co-producing his first full length album called "Living Life".
John enjoys playing solo show at local bars, Breweries/Distilleries and restaurants. He mixes his acoustic gigs often with his trusty bass player Patrick O'Neill and Guitar accompanist Pat Kinsley His music shows range from solo to 5 or 6 pieces with keyboards and a harmonica/mandolin player. His show can handle most any situation or band configuration.
Pat started playing guitar by taking lessons (Mel Bay Method) when he was 12 years old. He quit playing for a couple years and then picked it back up at age 16 when he met some new neighbor kids. They were playing popular music and realized he knew all the chords. His first electric guitar was a 1977 Ibanez Les Paul and first amplifier was a Fender Pro Reverb. He studied under blues guitarist Joe Zucarello in Trenton for a few years that provided skills for playing solos. Pat played with different musicians but was more focused on work and family so playing in bands was never pursued. Upon moving to Burlington Township in 1994, he met musicians and started playing in bands; The Mofo’s, Carter McWIlliams and Friends, The Escape Plan, Shades of Grey and now Shelter In Place. Pat is featured as a rythym and lead guitar player on the album Living Life by John Johnson and The Escape Plan.
Bassist Patrick O’Neill has been an active musician for forty plus years. Initially focusing on the presentation of acoustic improvisation jazz, what seemed a natural progression into fusion jazz followed. The influence of Percy Jones, Dave Pegg, and Mike Rutherford hastened this transition. For many years he held down the bottom for the Thursday Night Band, a fusion oriented group playing in The Philadelphia area. Eventually prog-rock influenced the bands musical direction and the band began playing more cover material until they disbanded in the late nineties.
Impromptu jam sessions became his musical mainstay until ten years ago when he became bassist for Swedes Run, a group performing mostly original material with a mix of cover material. . Eventually Swedes Run regrouped and Pat returned as the group evolved into The Escape Plan performing rock covers locally for some years. During this time Pat contributed to an album of John Johnson’s original music collection.
Currently Pat is the supporting bassist for Shelter In Place. The three piece acoustic group performs an eclectic blend of original material and stylish arrangements of cover material. Pat believes that by enhancing singer/ songwriter material with supportive bass he has come full circle and has returned to the roots of his instruments.