Patrick Johnson will be performing alongside Nick Butitta & Kyle Melancon at Dyson House Listening Room with very special guest Joel Neely on Saturday, July 14th, in a reunion show of music & storytelling.  

Opening the show will be Joel Neely, original guitarist/vocalist for several bands from the 1960s and 70s, including The Shepards, Jimmy and the Off Beats, Isosceles Popsicle, and The Lively Arts Quintet. While a member of Isosceles Popsicle, the band was fortunate enough to have their music featured on American Bandstand. 

Johnson and Neely share and unique back-story that spans over 26 years. 

After several years performing as a professional musician, Neely left the music business in 1985 to open a martial arts school in Baton Rouge. Johnson became one of his students in 1992 at the age of 16. 

Neely and Johnson worked together as Instructor/Student, then as Employer/Employee until 1999 when Johnson left to finish his degree and pursue a career in music. 

Over the years, Neely owned and operated several martial arts schools in South Louisiana (as many as 5 at once), and eventually sold all but one, which is located on Coursey Boulevard. 

Neely never ended his musical career, as he frequently plays, and has decided to return to the stage in recent years. 

Johnson and Neely met up again at Johnson's CD release show and decided to put together a musical extravaganza that the two never would have thought of as possible before now. 

Please join us to celebrate Patrick Johnson's new album, and welcome Joel Neely back to the stage in a show entitled "Full Circle" on Saturday, July 14th at Dyson House Listening Room. Tickets are available at www.brownpapertickets.com.  $15 General Admission, $25 V.I.P., and $20 the day of the show. BYOB!



Thanks to everyone who attended the Monsters in the Clouds album release!  It was a HUGE success!  For those that missed it, here's the set-list.

Hearing Aides
Hypnagogic Nights
Clean Up Your Act
Tough Old Bones
Towel Capes
I Got Monsters
Idle Brain
Sadness of Your Eyes
Fortune's Hollow
Another Fine Mess
We Are the Audience
Last River Drive-In


Finding his voice: Baton Rouge singer-songwriter Patrick Johnson talks new album, 'Monsters in the Clouds' 


MAY 17, 2018 - 1:30 PM

Singer-songwriter Patrick Johnson celebrates the release of his new album with a Saturday night concert at Mid City Ballroom in Baton Rouge. 


For nearly a decade, Patrick Johnson felt like “a man in a suitcase.” 

From 2007 to 2016, Johnson played bass with the New Orleans roots rock band Dash Rip Rock. However, he came to a fork in the musical road as his desire to write and release his own songs grew. 

"I wanted to do it my way and not be influenced by anyone else," Johnson said. 

Though he had released a debut solo album in 2014, he couldn’t find time to tour. By 2015, he knew his time with Dash Rip Rock was coming to an end. The following year, Johnson left the band. 

"I had to decide if I was strong enough," Johnson said. "If I had tried to leave immediately, I would have had trouble. But the decision process helped me. 

“It was hard to let go (of Dash Rip Rock). You're in a good band that's touring and traveling a lot. After nine years on the road, though, I'm not living out of a suitcase anymore. It's nice to play closer to home." 

Johnson now has a new band and album, and he's excited about the future. He'll celebrate the release of his sophomore solo effort, "Monsters in the Clouds," with a concert at 9 p.m. Saturday at Mid City Ballroom. 

Johnson's band is filled out by multi-instrumentalist/producer Adam Hains, drummer Kyle Melancon, and lead guitarist and Johnson's brother, Paul. 

"I created the band I wanted to, with my friends, and I'm playing the music I've been working on since 2010," Johnson said. 

At this point, Johnson is no stranger to the recording process. He played on five albums with Dash Rip Rock and another three with Baton Rouge rock band Poor Harvey. He also has seen both sides of the music industry. While in Dash Rip Rock, he saw record companies dictate cover art, tracklistings and sounds. Independently, there is less outside pressure. 

"The challenge is finding your own voice," he said. "You're always finding out what's best through trial and error. It never ends. You're constantly learning how to improve." 

However meticulous Johnson is when writing and recording, he knew he didn't want to be disingenuous. 

"I hear a lot of songs today where people write about how awesome they are," he said. "I like songwriters who are not afraid to admit when they've made a mistake. Bragging doesn't do anything for me. When I hear someone trying to figure out if they have the confidence to make a decision, I can say, 'I've been there.' " 


WHEN: 9 p.m. Saturday 

WHERE: Mid City Ballroom, 136 S. Acadian Thruway, Baton Rouge 

COST: $10-$15 

INFO: patrickjohnsonmusic.com


I'm very honored to be chosen as the featured artist for the May 13th broadcast of "The Roux", which airs this Sunday night at 8:00 P.M on New Orleans' own ALT 92.3 FM! 

Tune in to hear me and Adam Hains chatting it up with DJs Carolyn Scofield and Christopher Lane Dennis as we discuss music, movies, cats, touring, and a bunch of other fun stuff. They will also be featuring "Hearing Aides," "Hypnagogic Nights", "Sadness of Your Eyes", & "I Got Monsters" on the show! 

Coincidentally, May 13th is my birthday, and I couldn't ask for a nicer present than to have my music broadcast from the 8th largest radio tower in the country. 

HUGE thank you to Carolyn & Christopher for having us! We had a blast!


It was a great show at Smoke & Boil #2 this past Saturday!  Lafon Johnson & Stephen Blades sold their amazing artistic wares.  Richard & Megan cooked up a storm.  Great beer was consumed by all (Southern Craft Brewery). Patrick played a 1 hour & 45 minutes straight set of mostly originals, with a few select covers thrown in.  Check out the setlist below.

Tonight You Belong To Me (B. Rose)
State of the Union
Last River Drive-In
Like You
Idle Brain
Endow (Previously Unreleased)
Long Goodbye (Previously Unreleased)
Seismograph (Previously Unreleased)
Call Me Naive (Previously Unreleased)
Body Language (Previously Unreleased)
Walk Through Stars (Previously Unreleased)
Half a Step (Previously Unreleased)
Sover U (Previously Unreleased)
Your Fire
Lazy Day Girl (Previously Unreleased)
Tough Old Bones
Branded (Previously Unreleased)
We Are the Audience
Folsom Prison Blues (J. Cash)
Jagged (Old 97's)
Sheena is a Punk Rocker (Ramones)


Last night, Spotlight received more airplay on ALT 92.3's "The Roux", which included a 10 second promo for the upcoming 03/24/18 show!  Thanks to DJs Carolyn Scofield and Christopher Lane Dennis for the spin!


It was a laid back set at the Rouler le Bleu Festival in Lafayette.

Last River Drive-In
Tough Old Bones
We Are the Audience
Hearing Aides
State of the Union
I Got Monsters
Hypnagogic Nights
Like You