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The 'Midnite Johnny Band' took to the stage on 15th September, with their own brand of blues. Fronting the band was John Morana, a native of Florida USA now living in the UK, on superb vocals and guitar. Opening with exceptional slide drenched blues, they gave us the flavour of what was to come. Plenty of twelve bar blues with shades of Elmore James leading into some funky blues with an 'edge' on a Willie Dixon number 'I Ain't Superstitious'.

With a change of guitars, a Muddy Waters blues shuffle, then into some slow blues with impeccable guitar. Adding a funky side, a very classy slap bass solo and show of time for the drums. Playing some of the blues classics through the second set, from Howlin Wolf to BB King, a tribute to Jack Bruce with 'I'm So Glad' for the finale and an encore of Stevie Ray Vaughan's 'I Can't Say No'. A great end to a fabulous evening. Midnite Johnny has an album out at the moment, 'So Complicated' and another in the mix 'Long Road Home' due for release in the new year.

Rosy Greer - Lancashire Blues Archive


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An interview by Michael Limnios @ Blues.Gr! (The online community of people that got the blues in Greece).
Southern guitarist John Morana talks about Bo Diddley, Harvey Mandel, Thom Doucette, & Albert Collins.

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John thrives on the close contact of an audience and plays the blues effortlessly from one style to another, a crowd pleaser in spades. His own works were on display, from his debut album entitled "Lyin' Eyes", this was featured on  the sound track of the movie "Suicide Blonde", other great songs from the album are "Trouble Fallin' Down"(like Rain)great riffs, "Walkin' The Floor "and "Gypsy Curse". All are winners on this album, and any blues fan would like this in their collection.

Keith Blackledge – Music Reviewer for the North West of England


 

Reverbnation listener review of “So Complicated”
“Blues at its competent best. If you want to know exactly how blues should be played then give this a listen. Powerful vocals and wailing guitar all wrapped up in a solid bass beat. Just when you expect it in comes that passionate lead guitar and if you can't get your head around a Fender than it's time to don them shades for a bit of classic air guitar.”


 

Reverbnation listener review of “Hello Trouble”
“instant introduction, listening to the stringed instruments immediately took me back! Brilliant use and arrangement of
varied instruments, unbelievable solo! Male vocals are just soooo smooth and bluesy, absolutely clear in pronunciation and tone, the songs duration was appropriate and the level of sound was satisfactory. ”


 

The True Blues Club - Newton-le-Willows on Friday 13 April 2012.      

This fantastic venue at Earlstown is without doubt one of the most sophisticated of its type bar none and attracts many a top notch band to entertain its faithful audience. I was privileged to be in that club to witness a remarkable set of musicians by the name of The MIDNITE JOHNNY Band and I have to say they were awesome. This band from the Bolton area have been together now for several years I first saw them back in 2011 and they were just brilliant then nothing has changed except they might have got even better if that’s possible. John Morana alias Midnite Johnny was born in the Bronxs, New York, U. S. A., then moved later to Florida with family  and now resides over here in the Northwest of England. John’s astounding guitar playing captured the crowd and were instantly hooked, he has that ability and takes you through every note, and can make that guitar talk, cry, scream, and weep. John takes the best of the guitar greats from both sides of the Atlantic and then puts his own rubber stamp on it, which results in an amazing all round band performance. John as well as being a great and cool guitarist has written songs for the bands albums, is there no end to this man’s talents I hear you say.  John’s band are, on Keys and Electric piano Ian Cross superb player and commands people to listen to his style of play I was spell bound. This band has a very strong rhythm section, the spine of this band, on drums, Tim Franks he has a wealth of experience a drummer of some repute and is competent in all the different styles and played out of his skin no pun intended.  On a soul searching funky in your face bass guitar a brilliant musician who goes by the name of Norman Helm, and he is not too shabby as a backing vocalist to John.  If you weren’t’ their then you missed a brilliant gig, a brilliant live performance from a great hard working band.  I have no doubt that this band will be back entertaining us all  soon a treat in store.

Keith Blackledge - Independent Music Reviewer for the Northwest.


 

“You guys just seriously upgraded the standard of music in this place! Can you please come back soon?”

Management of the Bitter Suite Lounge - Preston


 

Inspired by West Side Chicago blues greats like Magic Sam and Otis Rush, John Morana plays with plenty of firepower, but with lots of restrain too. It’s that tension that makes his paying so affecting, particularly on slow-burn-ers like “Double Trouble” A veteran of the South Florida blues scene, Morana played beside guitarist Harvey Mandel (Canned Heat) in the house band of the Blue Midnite Pub, Fort Lauderdale.

New Times Magazine - Miami Florida


 

Midnite Johnny proceeds to tear his Fender Sratocaster into a set of relentless blues, something he has done for a long time now. For the money, Morana may be the most powerful blues guitarist in South Florida.

Jeffrey G. Harrell - City Link Magazine Fort Lauderdale, Florida

 

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