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CANCELED – Jonny Somebody ‘I’ve Been Blind’ CD Release Party with David Gerald Sutton and Doug Otto & Hilary Thavis$7/10
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‘I’ve Been Blind’ CD Release Party
with special guests David Gerald Sutton and Doug Otto & Hilary Thavis
Saturday, March 21
The Hook and Ladder Mission Room
Doors 7:30pm :: Music 8:00pm :: 21+
$7 Advance / $10 Day of Show
Jonny Somebody serves a soulful mix of electric and acoustic folk-blues, smart social-political commentary, and personal reckoning in a stunning debut album, ‘I’ve Been Blind’. Opening acts include the one-man classical-jazz orchestra violinist, David Gerald Sutton, and the acclaimed blues, jazz and folk duo, Doug Otto & Hilary Thavis.
A Violently Abusive Father, Electroshock Treatments, and Finding Redemption in Music and Meditation:
Jonny Somebody (nee John Dienhart, PhD) has faced the similar mental health challenges of fellow folk blues artist Charlie Parr, and like Parr, found solace from periodic deep depressions, drinking and drugging in making music. Along with the influential music of Dave Von Ronk, Bob Dylan, Buddy Guy, and Lou Reed – plus the poetry of Allen Ginsberg and T.S. Eliot, along with works by Yongey Mingur Rinpoche and the practice of Vipassana Buddhism — with saving him from the traumas of a violent childhood with a highly abusive, alcoholic father and two other near-death experiences.
And he candidly, surprisingly admits that a series of 17 electroshock therapies (aka Electroconvulsive therapy, ECT) in 2012, in Seattle, also helped shape his songwriting:
“When I woke up from the last ECT, the world had visual clarity and an aura of hope – these were brand new to me. Life came at me and I came at life in a variety of ways. By the time I was 21 there were three attempts on my life. One by my father, one in a taxi armed-robbery, and one from an ex-Marine MP. Beginning in 2012, songs literally popped out of me. Music and words came out together and often I did not have to change very much at all. The reason? I think it was the 17 shock treatments. I’m guessing isolated parts of my brain began communicating. But who knows…?”
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