Incubus, Coheed & Cambria, The Cars, Motley Crue, Dream Theater. Not the top listening choices you would expect from one of the top country music acts in north Texas. Sounding more like Turnpike Troubadours or Randy Rogers Band than Motley Crue, this Texas country group has been actively touring the state for the past three years.
Formed in the summer of 2015, Walkin’ Johnny set sail with front man, David O’Dell, at the helm. O’Dell is the primary song writer. “I usually write the songs and bring them to the band in a softer, acoustic form and Romeo rocks them out,” says O‘Dell. Drummer Jose Romero (aka Romeo), bassist Ricky Fielder, and David O’Dell are founding members of the group. A few guitar players later they have landed a solid crew including Justin Davis (of Callahan Divide) on lead guitar and Clayton Bankston (of JB and the Moonshine Band) on fiddle.
The band gets around. They frequent area towns including Seymour, Bowie, all Wichita Falls venues, and often zig zag Texas from San Angelo to Amarillo, Fort Wort and Lubbock. They have shared the stage with acts like Koe Wetzel, Parker McCollum, Judson Cole Band, and Cody Canada and The Departed just to name a few. The guys have played for Fort Worth’s Fourth of July Festival and competed in 95.9 The Ranch’s “Ranch Factor.” O’Dell has also been invited and competed in the esteemed Larry Joe Taylor’s Singer/Songwriter Competition in March 2016 and Rattle Magazine’s Spring 2016 Singer/Songwriter Competition.
These music veterans have performed in a wide range of venues across Texas and Oklahoma. When asked which venue they favored O’Dell replied, “I don’t have a favorite based on the venue itself. It’s all about the crowd. That’s the honest answer.” Their approach is to play wherever they can, put on the best show possible, and get the crowd through the door. Walkin’ Johnny has one EP under their belt, titled A Little Messed Up, and are currently recording a full-length project at Fort Worth sound with Bart Rose. “It’s a very professional setting. He doesn’t let you slack,” said Jose about Bart Rose. This new album will be titled Savior on the Line and is set to release in two parts with the first being in July.
Until the album is out, you can catch them live this month at Live At The Lake (Wichita Falls Museum of Art) on June 21st, and opening for Jack Ingram at Silver Dollar Saloon on June 30th.