Johnny Picasso


Band to Join, Vocalist, Rhythm Guitar, Lead Guitar, Bass Guitar, Drums, Violin, Keyboard, Piano, Steel guitar, Accordion.


I play guitar (electric), pedal steel, bass and a little keyboard.

I also do a thing where I play bass and guitar simultaneously on a special instrument I've cooked up. I call it "dual-range guitar"

Have played a lot of styles. Right now interested in:

• "Post-Rock" instrumental music in the style of 'Pell Mell'. NOT the dirge-y Post-Metal stuff or the loop-based electronic kind. More melody/groove-based. Like an atmospheric Booker T & the MGs. (Other bands I might cite besides Pell Mell would be Steelism, Mattson 2 and 'Friends Of Dean Martinez'.)

• Country - Retro honky-tonk or some kind of Alt that's a bit twisted (Handsome Family?). Would love to hook up with a singer who sounds like a bullfrog (Hank Thompson, E.Tubb), or one who can croon (E.Arnold, M.Robbins, Faron Y.). If you want to sling the six-string, I could do the pedal steel and maybe tinkle some ivories. Or play bass. Whatever.

• If I could find a singer who can sing rock-n-roll in French, I think it would be fun to do a 60s "Twist" band. (Chats Sauvages, Aristocrates, J.Hallyday)

I'm in Kingston now (Stockade). Have a good covid-safe setup for jamming here. Will be hosting a jam soon. Get in touch!

Real Name: Jon Blackstone Steele
jbs at blackstoneappliances dot com

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Johnny Picasso
Member since:
Nov 28 2015
Active over 1 month ago
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Years playing music:


Tom Verlaine, Robert Quine, Chet Atkins, Stranglers, Sonic Youth, Pell Mell, Billy Strange, Al Caiola, Santo & Johnny, Handsome Family.

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I invent music products for a living.

I have a space in the East Village where music can be played, but not with normal drums. We use a prototype of a low-volume drum kit I'm developing. There are amps and plenty of guitars and other instruments here also.

I sometimes host parties here where music gets played - "chamber concerts", or just jams.