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Turning everyone's ears on high alert in their hometown of Hampton Roads, VA, is the formidable blues-rock quintet known as Dave Johnson & The Truth. 


Since their formation in 2017, they have twice been the musical guest on the Hampton Roads Show, scored a double nomination as artist of the year in their genre/ best live show by Veer Magazine and performed for dozens of packed houses and on national stages in their local market, including The NorVA, 17th Street Stage Park, Scandal's Live & Elevation 27.


Dave's career spans nearly a quarter-century of rocking up and down the Eastern Seaboard, including bills with The Allman/ Betts Band, Donavon Frankenreiter, Mia Dyson, Infectious Grooves, Suicidal Tendencies, Spin Doctors, Clutch, Kings X and Reeves Gabrels (of David Bowie, The Cure) at distinguished venues such as The Boathouse (VA), The House of Blues (SC) and The Bitter End (NYC). 


Jeff Hewitt of Antonym Press asserts in his review of the band’s third run at The NorVa: “Dave Johnson has been playing around here for decades, cultivating a fiercely loyal fanbase... A fine craftsman possessed of a hard-hitting voice and surrounded with a raucous group of OG musicians who have obviously been around a turn or two of the wheel, the man isn’t afraid to freely spin on a dime from kickass hard-rock blues to something more plaintively, wistfully soulful. If you dug the blues-pop explosion of the mid 90s, you’ll love these songs...”.


The year is now 2021 and the band is a road tested and well-oiled machine. Honed by their collective chemistry, the defining characteristic of this band is their ability to break down the fourth wall in the live arena and challenge the audience to look away even for a second. 


Their trademark high-energy roadhouse rock shows can be witnessed every weekend in the seven cities of Hampton Roads as they push their sophomore release- 'Second Skin', now streaming everywhere. 


DAVE JOHNSON & THE TRUTH

(L. TO R.)


RAY VARGA - BASS


DAVE JOHNSON - VOCAL/ 

ACOUSTIC GUITAR


AL BUDA- DRUMS


DYLAN SMITH - PIANO/ VOCALS/ SYNTH


DAN HENRY - ELECTRIC GUITAR

WHAT DEVILS DO

2017

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Dave & Donovan Frankenreiter backstage after a show together in Kitty Hawk, NC

DJ & THE TRUTH warmed up the stage for Dada @ The NorVa (hit singles "Dim" & "Disneyland")

The band with Donnell Rawlings (The Wire, Chappelle Show) @ The Hampton Roads Show

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 Here's a gallery of DJ & The Truth fans rocking out with us...

Evie's first Superjam

Artist Extraordinaire Shelby Henley presented this portrait of Number 1 to us last year 

Hangin' w/ Big Al Staggs from the Moaning Lisas/ Left Wing Fascists 

Superhero & Kindergarten Teacher at POV Elementary Ms. Amanda Tatum

Brother Pat Vermillion of Cock Diesel/ Minus Mark E at Twist Martini & Assoc.

Founders of the Dave Johnson Fan Club - DOUG & DERBY

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