Jonny Wickersham

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Jonny Wickersham
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Jonny Wickersham plays guitar in Social Distortion (New York, the Nokia Theatre, 2005 photo by Erika Harding.)
Background information
Born (1968-05-26) May 26, 1968 (age 46)
Origin Costa Mesa, California, U.S.
Genres Punk rock
Instruments vocals Guitar
Years active 1991-present
Labels Isotone Records
Epitaph Records
Associated acts The Cadillac Tramps
Youth Brigade
U.S. Bombs
Social Distortion
Mike Ness
Jonny Two Bags
Website www.jonnytwobags.com

Jonny "2 Bags" Wickersham (born May 26, 1968 [1]) is the current guitarist for the Californian punk rock band Social Distortion. He joined Social Distortion after the death of founding member and longtime friend, Dennis Danell, in February 2000. Previously, he had been a guitarist for U.S. Bombs, The Cadillac Tramps (still an active member), and Youth Brigade from Southern California.

He has been touring and recording with Social Distortion since the When the Angel's Sing Memorial Concert held in June 2000, which was held to benefit Dennis Danell's family. Wickersham also co-wrote "Angel's Wings", "Faithless" and "Nickels and Dimes" along with Mike Ness for Social Distortion's 2004 release Sex, Love and Rock 'n' Roll as well as "Machine Gun Blues", "Far Side of Nowhere" and "Take Care of Yourself" with Mike Ness on Social Distortion's latest release Hard Times and Nursery Rhymes.

In 2008, Wickersham was on tour with Mike Ness' solo band along with Social Distortion.

The Vandals wrote a song about him: "Johnny Twobags", released on their album Live Fast, Diarrhea

In 2010 he re-united with his U.S. Bombs bandmates to tour with them in Europe and in the USA.

In 2012, he announced the release of his first solo 7" called "Hope Dies Hard," and forthcoming solo album Salvation Town.[1]

His limited edition 7", "Hope Dies Hard" released on December 4, 2012 through Folsom Records. The singles were sold at Social Distortion's House of Blues shows in December 2012. Only 500 copies were made.

His first solo album Salvation Town was released through Isotone Records on April 1, 2014. The first single, "One Foot In The Gutter", premiered on Rolling Stone.[2] Wickersham has described the sound on Salvation Town as "americana," and noted in an interview that "There’s always been a real american roots thread throughout everything I’ve done, with Cadillac Tramps an Social Distortion especially even to some degree in the Bombs. I’ve always written a lot of ballads and things like that. I grew up around a lot of American music. My father played in bar bands. That’s how he raised me, playing music music in bars. So it seemed like a natural approach to me."[3]

Equipment[edit]

Jonny uses an assortment of Gibson guitars and a Fender Telecaster. He has five Les Paul Juniors (a 1955 sunburst, 1957 TV, a double cut 1959 cherry red and two Gibson VOS Les Paul Juniors with Luther Lee P-90s), a 1954 Gibson Les Paul goldtop and a '52 Fender Blackguard Telecaster. He also goes acoustic with his 1947 Gibson J-45. Recently he has also been using a signature Jonny Two Bags guitar custom-made for him by Gabriel Currie of Echopark Guitars. Photos and specifications of the Jonny Two Bags guitar are available online at www.echoparkguitars.com

Wickersham uses Satellite Atom 36 amps through Marshall 1960TV 4x12s with Celestian speakers. He has been seen using many effects over the years including a Tubescreamer, a MXR GT-OD, a MXR Smart Gate and a MXR Micro Amp. Currently Jonny uses a Boss TU-2 Tuner and a Tone Freak Naked OD.[4][5]

Jonny Wickersham during a Social Distortion concert in Tilburg in 2012

Selected discography[edit]

Year Artist/Band Album Role
1993 The Cadillac Tramps Tombstone Radio Guitars, Vocals, Producer
1994 The Cadillac Tramps It's Allright Guitars
1995 The Cadillac Tramps Cadillac Hearse Guitars, Vocals
1996 Youth Brigade To Sell the Truth Guitar
1999 U.S. Bombs The World Guitar, back up vocals
2004 Social Distortion Sex, Love and Rock 'n' Roll Guitars, Vocals
2007 Social Distortion Greatest Hits Guitars, Vocals
2011 [2] Social Distortion Hard Times and Nursery Rhymes[6] Guitars, Vocals
2012 Jonny Two Bags Hope Dies Hard 7"[7] Vocals, Guitar, Songwriting, Co-Producer

References[edit]

  1. ^ Wickersham, Jonny. "HOPE DIES HARD 7″ OUT TOMORROW". Retrieved 3 December 2012. 
  2. ^ "Jonny Two Bags Puts One Foot In The Gutter". Rolling Stone. Rolling Stone. Retrieved 10 May 2014. 
  3. ^ from an interview on The Americana Music Show #192, published May 19, 2014.
  4. ^ "Jonny Wickersham's Gearbox". Social Distortion: Punk At The Wheel. Premier Guitar. Retrieved 24 May 2011. 
  5. ^ "Jonny Wickersham's Gear". Artists Gear. Jim Dunlop. Retrieved 24 May 2011. 
  6. ^ Social Distortion name new album. Accessed July 30, 2010.
  7. ^ "Hope Dies Hard 7". Retrieved 3 December 2012.