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Bonefish Johnny

Primary Instrument: Guitar

Bonefish Johnny

Sugarcane Soulman

Even though he doesn't quite fit, Bonefish Johnny has found his place. For years he has been happily crossing over between the blues, funk and South Florida jamband scenes.

“That used to make me 'alternative', but nowadays it just means I was ahead of my time,” jokes the driving force behind legendary funk rock act Groove Thangs and the eclectic barband Shack Daddys.

Coming of age on Ramey Air Force Base in Puerto Rico, John Stacey spent his teen years surfing, drawing, picking the blues and digging all the great funk and soul music of the early 70's. Moving north to attend the Art Institute of Fort Lauderdale, he became enamored with the cultural mix of Florida. Soon John's career in advertising took a back seat to his vision of a unique regional sound. Incorporating blues roots, island grooves and vintage funk, he called it “sugarcane soul” and named himself Bonefish Johnny....
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Featured recording “The Groovy Guitar of Bonefish Johnny”

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The Groovy Guitar of Bonefish Johnny

Self Produced (2011)

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”The term 'guitar hero' is usually reserved for the fastest or flashiest fret shredders. But the expertise and affection guitarist Bonefish Johnny brings to blues, soul, funk, R&B and roots music makes him even more deserving of the title.” -- Jazz & Blues Florida, April 2011

“How do you put '60's soul, calypso, reggae, blues, swampy New Orleans shuffles, trashy surf music, R&B, rap, funk, go-go, Carolina shag, Elvis and James Brown in the same sentence, let alone the same song?” -- Sun-Sentinel

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