Canadian Musician


#CMPremiere – Johnson Crook’s Self-Titled EP

Tuesday, May 2nd, 2017

Johnson Crook

The debut EP from Toronto roots rockers Johnson Crook showcases the energy and variety people have come to expect from their dynamic live show and even features guest vocals from Tom Cochrane. Hear all four tracks comprising the effort in this exclusive #CMPremiere.

Johnson Crook’s debut EP from Coalition Records is the precursor to the band’s full-length album, expected in August 2017.  From the anthemic, harmony rich first single “Minnedosa” to the bluesy rock and roll groove of “Canada to Heartbreak,” Johnson Crook offer up a Canadiana sentiment with a Country swagger.

The self-titled EP was produced by Bill Bell (Justin Nozuka, Tom Cochrane) and recorded at Metalworks Studios. “We really took our time to get this right,” shares singer and guitar player Noel Johnson. “Bill did an amazing job capturing what we do live in a recording setting, which was number one for us.”

Bell also introduced the band to his good friend and bandmate, Tom Cochrane. After a late-night jam session, Cochrane took a particular liking to one of Johnson Crook’s songs, “Mr. Nobody,” and agreed to add some guest vocals to the track. “We are so grateful to have [him] on our debut EP,” adds Johnson. “This EP is perfect for any Canadian road trip, and to have Tom join us on a song is icing on the cake! I mean, who hasn’t taken a road trip with ‘Life is a Highway’ as the soundtrack?”

JC_EpCover (1)

From the moment Johnson Crook first played together, they knew they not only had harmony in their voices, but a deep personal connection that made the idea of forming a group a foregone conclusion.

What the quartet—Noel Johnson (rhythm guitars/vocals), brothers Nathan (lead guitar/mandolin/vocals) and Trevor Crook (drums/vocals) and Jared Craig (bass/vocals)—share is a love of pure, honest music stemming from their small-town backgrounds. Drawing inspiration from groups like The Eagles and The Avett Brothers, each member of Johnson Crook contributes equally, injecting their unique personalities into the overall sound.

Expect to see Johnson Crook in your town at some point in the wake of the EP and forthcoming album. Every stop brings with it a story that could become a new song, and as a group founded on the principles of equality, Johnson Crook’s creative potential is limitless.

For more, visit


Leave a Reply


Canadian Musician Associated Sites

Norris-Whitney Communications Inc.   Canadian Music Trade   Professional Lighting & Production   Professional Sound   Music Directory Canada   Music Books Plus