It's fitting, then, that the name of Johnson's one-man band conjures up a hidden town nestled between surrounding mountains. There, with no one else in sight, a person can feel free to be honest. Canyon City is a safe haven, in other words, and it suits Johnson both sonically and personally. NPR agrees, adding Canyon City to The Austin 100 in 2017, their popular annual list of 100 must-see acts during SXSW. “Paul Johnson’s warm, bright folk-pop songs feel like letters from a friend,” the outlet wrote.
Across releases CC offers up timeless, classic music for a modern world. It's 21st century folk music, lightly layered with piano, keyboards, waves of ringing reverb, and the occasional percussion groove. At the heart of every song is a message, a mellow melody, and the voice of a singer/songwriter who knows how to pack a punch without breaking a sweat. Thanks to the passion of the listening community, Canyon City continues to build & grow, one minimalist song at a time.