Dave Johnson & The Truth released their debut album ‘What Devils Do’, produced by Mario Salvati (Patti Smith, Television, Luna), in August of 2017 at the historic NorVa Theatre in Norfolk, VA. Their inaugural headlining performance was called “an impressive success” by AEG Presents Mid-Atlantic local talent buyer Nora Schnoor, who coordinated the event. The band was immediately tapped to return as direct support for the rock trio Dada at The NorVa, which was named “the number one music venue in America” in 2013 by Rolling Stone Magazine.
Jeff Maisey, editor of Veer Magazine, posits in his review of ‘What Devils Do’: “Talk about blurring the sheet music lines of country, rock and the blues- Dave Johnson & The Truth effortlessly bring the sounds of the past in focus with their vision of the now.” .
In the last two years, the formidable rock/blues quintet has been featured twice as 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 in their local market. Amongst their appearances include concerts at The Virginia Beach Amphitheater warming up the VIP stage for Dave Matthews Band, Heart, Joan Jett, Kings of Leon and Elle King.
Dave's career spans nearly a quarter-century of rocking up and down the Eastern Seaboard, including bills with Donavon Frankenreiter, Mia Dyson, Infectious Grooves, Suicidal Tendencies, Kings X and Reeves Gabrels (of David Bowie, The Cure) at distinguished venues such as The Boathouse (VA), Peppermint Beach Club (VA), The House of Blues (SC) and The Bitter End (NYC). In 2018, Dave Johnson & The Truth landed a prime spot on the main stage of the 45th Annual Virginia Beach Neptune Festival to share the limelight with Devon Allman & Duane Betts, hot off of their European tour.
Jeff Hewitt of Antonym Press asserts in his review of the band’s third run at The NorVa in 2018: “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 still writing, recording and performing their trademark soulful roadhouse rock shows every weekend amid the coronavirus pandemic. Second Skin, their sophomore release is now streaming on every digital platform, popping up on Spotify playlists every day and showing no signs of slowing down.
DAVE JOHNSON & THE TRUTH
(L. TO R.)
RAY VARGA - BASS
DAVE JOHNSON - VOCAL/ ACOUSTIC GUITAR
AL BUDA- DRUMS
DYLAN PATRICK SMITH - PIANO/ VOCALS/ SYNTH
DANIEL HENRY - ELECTRIC GUITAR
WHAT DEVILS DO
We warmed up the stage for Dada @ The NorVa (famous for their hit singles "Dim" & "Disneyland").
Hangin' with Donnell Rawlings ( The Wire, Chappelle Show) @ our first appearance on The Hampton Roads Show!
BOOK THE BAND, THE DUO - or DAVE
as a SOLO act
Share the TRUTH on Facebook.
LISTEN TO THE TRUTH...
We love our fans...
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 Neil Young Fan Club - DOUG & DERBY