Johnny Moeller

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Johnny Moeller
Background information
Born (1970-10-31) October 31, 1970 (age 47)
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 guitarist, currently with The Fabulous Thunderbirds.

Born in Fort Worth, Texas, Johnny started playing guitar in his early teens. Over the years Moeller's main influences have been from Freddie King, Lightnin' Hopkins, Earl King and Grant Green to a wide variety of soul, funk and rock artists.

He began playing in Dallas and Fort Worth blues clubs while still in high school.[1] During the summers Moeller and his year and a younger brother Jay Moeller, who plays drums traveled from their home in Denton down to Austin. The summer they were 16 and 15 they meet Clifford Antone of the Austin blues club Antone's. The first night Moeller played on Antone's stage was with Little Charlie & The Nightcats.

After Moeller finished high school in Denton he moved to Austin Texas working in many of the city's well known venues and often soaked in the music of the constant stream of blues, and rock artists performing at Antone's . Amongst those that played Antone's were Earl King, Albert Collins, and James Cotton.

Years later the Austin Chronicle quoted Clifford 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 toured North America, Europe, Australia, and Japan extensively. Johnny remains based in Austin, Texas with his wife Shontae Moeller and three children Estella, Calvin, and Lucille Moeller playing local, and regional venues when he is not touring with The Fabulous Thunderbirds.

Johnny Moeller is rumored to be the inspiration for one of the characters in Mike Judge's Beavis and Butt-Head cartoon. The other character is modeled after Paul Size.[3]


  • 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).[3]
  • 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)
  • Bloogaloo, Severn Records. (2010)


  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. ^ a b "Bman's Blues Report: What does Anson Funderburgh have to do with Beavis and Butt-Head". 2011-12-07. Retrieved 2013-03-20.