The Cardinal Roos


Bass Guitar.


Hi, my name is Mike Johnson, aka Old Man Johnson. I’m the singer, songwriter, and guitarist for Akron the area rock band The Cardinal Roos, “Big Sticks” Susan Harden is my scrappy little drummer and she can’t perform with the best of ‘em!!

My influences are mostly seventies and eighties rock and pop bands and I have some eighties metal influences too. The Cardinal Roos's music belongs to the rock genre but what makes our music fresh is the elements of other genres added to our recipe.

I left my true love of music earlier in my life to concentrate on career goals and to pursue other interests. I was also struggling with health issues. Susan also followed a career path and was dedicated to life with her family. We are now focusing on our first love!

We are currently looking for a bass player.

What is my role?
I am the founder, leader, singer/songwriter, and guitarist for the band, and I also do the band’s graphics and marketing.

What can I do?
I can really punch out vocals in a wide range and I have perfect pitch. I love to do harmonies and can sing them fluidly and naturally. I can develop style easily, and have a great ear for melody, harmony, mood, rhythm, beat, and feel.
I can create songs and learn them quickly. I often write songs about love, and my goal is to let my audience know they are not alone. I have a good "write" hook, and my lyrics are poetic, powerful, catchy and visual. I sometimes use spiritual symbolism and imagery, although we are not a Christian rock band per se.

I am a rhythm player. I'm not skilled in a highly technical way, nor do I know notation, tablature or advanced theory. My guitar playing is good, original, creative, and clean, and lends itself more to creative songwriting than soloing. The great Chet Atkins once said, "I never made a dime above five," in reference to the number of chords he used when writing his songs. The Cardinal Roos sticks to this philosophy as well; we use a few more chords though : D

The samples above are rough cuts and are only a similar idea to what the finished album cuts will sound like.

CONTACT NUMBER: 7409182330

Screen name:
The Cardinal Roos
Member since:
Apr 08 2019
Active within 1 week
Level of commitment:
Very Committed
Years playing music:



Heart, Foreigner, Kansas, Journey, Boston, AC/DC, Don Henley, Bryan Adams, and Rick Springfield, Petra, Tom Petty, Yes, The Pretenders, The Police, and Sting.

Mr. Mister, Simple Minds, The Outfield, Huey Lewis and the News, Pet Shop Boys, Mike & the Mechanics, Phil Collins, The Human League, Depeche Mode, Thomson Twins, and Prince.

Ratt, Dokken, Lynch Mob, Whitesnake, Megadeth, Metalica, and Warrant, Poison, Cinderella, Ozzy Ozzborne, Bon Jovi, Skid Row, KISS, Great White, and Van Halen, Stryper, Whitecross.


Gavin Harrison, Taylor Hawkins, Thomas Lang, Neil Peart, Pink Floyd, AC/DC, The Cars Electric Light Orchestra, The Alan Parson Project Rush, Bob Dylan, America, The Doobie Brothers, The Eagles

Instrument experience:

Rhythm Guitar:



• An Epiphone SG Pro Electric Guitar

• A Line 6 Spider V120 Amplifier

• A 64 Bit Dell Inspiron PC Running Windows 10 (Intel Core i5-
CPU @ 2.70GHz, 2712 Mhz, 4 Cores, 4 Logical Processors
12.0 GB RAM

• PreSonus Studio One 4 Recording Software DAW and Audacity
Recording Software.

• Behringer U-Phoria UM2 USB Audio Inderface


• Mapex Armory Drumset, Yamaha Drumset Paiste Cymbals PST-7, Gibraltar hardware