Johnny Moeller

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Johnny Moeller
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Background information
Born (1970-10-31) October 31, 1970 (age 44)
Fort Worth, Texas, United States
Genres Blues, Texas blues
Instruments Guitar
Years active 1985-present
Associated acts The Fabulous Thunderbirds

Johnny Moeller (born Jon Kelly Moeller, October 31, 1970) is an American blues guitarist, currently with The Fabulous Thunderbirds.

Born in Fort Worth, Texas, he had early exposure to music in the home, as his father played a little boogie-woogie piano and was constantly listening to music. He started playing guitar in his early teen years and soon discovered Slim Harpo and Jimmy Reed in his father's record collection. Additionally, Moeller remembers hearings lots of both ZZ Top and The Fabulous Thunderbirds. Over the years Moeller's main influences have been from Freddie King, Lightnin' Hopkins, Earl King and Grant Green. Lesser, but meaningful influences come from a wide variety of other blues, soul and funk artists.

He began playing in Dallas and Fort Worth blues clubs whilst still in high school.[1] During the summers Moeller and his year and a younger half-brother Jay Moeller, who was already playing drums (and is now the drummer with The Fabulous Thunderbirds), traveled from their home in Denton down to Austin to "hang out" with their father. The summer they were 16 and 15 their father convinced Clifford Antone of the Austin blues club Antone's to let his sons periodically sit in with the evening's performers. The first night Moeller appeared on Antone's stage was with Little Charlie & The Nightcats.

After Moeller finished high school in Denton he moved to Austin and into the music scene that is 6th Street (Austin). He worked many of the city's well known venues and often soaked in the music of the constant stream of blues artists which Antone brought. Amongst those that played Antone's were Earl King, Albert Collins, and James Cotton.

Years later the Austin Chronicle quoted Antone (who also helped launch Stevie Ray Vaughan) as saying: "Johnny, nobody can burn like that kid. He's got the heart like Stevie had, about the only one I've seen with that kind of heart. Johnny's so quiet and bashful, just a sweet kid and sometimes those kids get overlooked."[2]

By the time Moeller had joined The Fabulous Thunderbirds in mid-2007 he had recorded, played regularly with, or toured North America, Europe and Scandinavia with Darrell Nulisch, Lou Ann Barton, Mike Barfield, Doyle Bramhall II, Gary Primich, and Guy Forsyth.

In 2008, Moeller guested on Steve Guyger's album, Radio Blues.[3]

Moeller was purportedly a childhood friend after which one of the characters in Mike Judge's Beavis and Butt-Head cartoon is modeled. The other character is modeled after Paul Size.[4]

Discography[edit]

  • Johnny Moeller, along with friend Paul Size, later of the Red Devils Blues Band, collaborated on a Dallas Blues Society Records release - Return of the Funky Worm (1996).[4]
  • Along with Paul Size, worked with Mick Jagger on his still-unreleased album of traditional blues.[1]
  • Johnny's Blues Aggregation, Dallas Blues Society Records, (2001)

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Matt Weitz (1996-10-17). "Out Here - Page 1 - Music - Dallas". Dallas Observer. Retrieved 2013-03-20. 
  2. ^ "Those Magic Moments: On the Eve of His Club's 26th Anniversary, Clifford Antone Remembers the Masters - Music". The Austin Chronicle. Retrieved 2013-03-20. 
  3. ^ "Radio Blues - Steve Guyger : Credits". AllMusic. 2008-03-18. Retrieved 2013-03-20. 
  4. ^ a b "Bman's Blues Report: What does Anson Funderburgh have to do with Beavis and Butt-Head". Bmansbluesreport.com. 2011-12-07. Retrieved 2013-03-20.