After a 25-year musical journey, New Jersey-based artist John E. Knehr, aka Nice Guy Johnny, releases his new retro Americana single, “Highway 95,” from his upcoming fifth album, Americana. Playing all the acoustic instruments on the album himself, Knehr has evolved his group from a 6-piece rockabilly, blues and modern country hybrid to now an acoustic dark Americana trio. Written about a beautiful female hitchhiker, “Highway 95” takes you on a fantasy ride down a long highway with acoustic guitar and bass keeping the pace. Listen here
A native of Andover, NJ, Knehr comes from a varied background of sports and music. He originally began learning guitar at age 10 before being drawn into athletics. After suffering from two debilitating falls, Knehr eventually went back to guitar playing in his early 20s to return dexterity to his nerve-damaged right arm. The following years led Knehr to songwriting, releasing 4 full albums and performing over 700 shows as John E. K. and The Memphis Storm. After taking another long pause in 2009 due to two neck fusions, Knehr has returned to music full-force with his newly formed band, Nice Guy Johnny, with Knehr on rhythm guitar and vocals, Greg Lwowski on lead guitar and backup vocals, and Kurt Colon on bass guitar and backup vocals.
Be sure to check out “Highway 95,” the new single from the upcoming Nice Guy Johnny album, Americana – expected to release next February.