The Neo Johnsons is the longest running classic rock band in South Daktoa having formed sometime in the late 80's as just The Johnsons when two members of the 80's band Off Balance branched off. It was Magic (Dan Sahr) on lead vocals and harmonica & congas with Emmanuel (Victor Nemec) on bass. A few years later the Neos were born in 1992 with the name changed to The Neo Johnsons (neo meaning new) when Lyndon (Corey Ward) became the new guitar player with a new drummer, Wormy (Dave Gates)...pictured here at Champps in 1995. Rico filled in often as the Neo Johnsons backup drummer from the beginning playing more and more over the next 20 years then full time until his retirement in 2012.
The current lineup has original Neo Johnson, Lyndon Johnson, back in the band on guitar with occassional vocals. There's always founding Johnson, Magic Johnson, on lead vocals & congas/harmonica and the fabulous Jack Johnson on vocals & bass guitar. The newest Johnson is Tom Zoss on drums who we first met with the Blues Cartel at the very first JonoFest.
The Neo Johnsons have never stopped touring playing 40+ gigs every year since The Johnsons formed in 1989 never 'retiring' or taking a break. Many musicians have changed their name to Johnson over the 30+ years they have continually played the area, and many return from time to time to fill in and play a gig or two to keep the party going. Once a Johnson, always a Johnson!
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