It’s unlike anything you’ll see with a one man show in country music today.
- Joe Wells Talent Buyer at Beer Can Alley Des Moines, Okoboji, & Omaha.
My name is Royce Johns and I am a singer/songwriter/entertainer from Polk City, Iowa.
I started in a cover band trio, Lincoln Rockhouse, formed by me and two seasoned musicians. I played lead guitar and sang lead vocals. After getting my feet wet in the rock/blues side of things, it became evident that I wanted to start my solo brand and push myself to play as many shows as I could. On January 13, 2016 I played my first solo show, closing the night for Eric Paslay at Shotgun Betty’s in West Des Moines. From then on, it has been a blur of madness trying to keep up with the work the state of Iowa has provided for me.
As a guitar player, I feel that using a looper for the show is what sets my performance apart from other solo acoustic acts. The looper provides a dynamic sound that would otherwise have to be created by multiple musicians. It grabs people’s attention. It gets them dancing. It keeps them interested and entertained. There are endless possibilities with a looper and a musician who wants to work their ass off. I do not cover any of Ed Sheeran’s work, but the guy sold out Wells Fargo arena with just himself, a guitar, and a looper on stage.
That’s my dream.