Here In The New Great Game

“Some people are so self-assured they’re busy tearing it up, their bust burning it down – burn it down.” That’s a line from my single Dictator and it has been described as an anthem at a time when we’ve never needed anything more. I suppose the Trump comparisons are warranted, although the song was written […]

The 45th Election For President !

About My Song Dictator I’ve been asked to share a few words about the concepts and themes of my new record “the New Great Game” on this 8th of November release day and 45th presidential election. Yes 45: there have been 45 presidents of the United States – somehow that doesn’t seem like that many […]

Running Up That Hill

When I was about 10 (must have been 1987?) I was obsessed with 2 pop albums that I heard on the radio: Peter Gabriel’s “So”, and Kate Bush “Hounds of Love.” I’m not sure why but Hounds has always just made the hair on my arms stand up and made me feel super emotional. It […]

Ryan Adams Is My Buddy On Twitter

It was the summer of 2014 and Andrew Johnston and the Hurricane were set to play another one of our celebrated artist tribute nights at Bistro de Paris in Montreal, this time in tribute to the great Ryan Adams. One of the songs that I knew had to go on the setlist was “La Cienga […]

Charles Warren McGough-Johnston

Or how my son came to have the middle name Warren… When it came time to come up with a name for our son there were several front runners: Charlie and Warren. We ended up putting them together and calling our son Charles Warren. In time we stopped saying Warren, and now we just call […]

The Importance of Being Ryan Part 2

As many of you know, a few months ago we paid tribute to Ryan Adams as part of our ongoing residency at Bistro de Paris. Its a monthly night, where the Hurricane and I can get together with some of our favorite local songwriters to pay tribute to the music we love. We try to […]

This happened

took a crack @TheRyanAdams #sylviaplath as part of the tribute — andrew johnston (@andrewjmusic) May 29, 2014

Andrew Johnston To Pay Tribute to Warren Zevon

I am excited to announce that the 7th installment of my monthly residency at Bistro de Paris will feature Warren Zevon as our tribute artist. I have been a fan of Warren’s music for many years, and have fond memories of performing “Mutineer” and “Accidentally Like a Martyr” with JF Robitaille back in the day. […]

The Importance of Being Ryan: Part 1

When I was in my early 20s, I was living in a loft in the mile end neighborhood of Montreal, and playing in a rock and roll band called the Model Children. We were a hip, buzz band for about a year in Montreal, and we managed to get on some pretty big shows, opening […]