Johnny Keener Music | Songwriting * Performance * Recording Sidecar Studio - Johnny Keener & The Bells

Sidecar Studio

What stories sound like...

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A full-service analog and digital recording studio dedicated to helping people make great records. We pride ourselves on providing a comfortable, creative atmosphere for our clients. We are located in North Portland’s Arbor Lodge neighborhood. Contact us for rates and to arrange a visit. We look forward to discussing your project with you. Past clients include: The Shaky Hands, The Bevelers, Future Historians, Justin Power, Mo Phillips, and Brendan McCracken (Neighbor Wave).

Kid Stuff

Music for kids and their grown-ups...

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A long-time player in the kindie music scene, Johnny has been playing for Portland families for well over a decade. You can catch him performing solo, rocking with Johnny & Jason, or playing guitar in Mo Phillips’ Spaghetti Pants Dance Band. Johnny is currently busy working on Kink and Ernest, a story book with companion music (a Johnny & Jason production, coming summer, 2016). Contact Johnny to book him or Johnny & Jason at your school, library, party, or other kid-space. Johnny plays every Thursday at the Portland Children’s Museum (shows at 10am and noon). Johnny & Jason play at Mississippi Pizza Pub every second Thursday of the month (5-7pm, with Mo Phillips and Red Yarn).

Johnny Keener & The Bells

Fast songs for slow walking...

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Johnny’s songs for grown-up people can invoke a late-night car ride through the country, a secret spot for secret things, ordinary moments of near-danger, or a bonfire on the beach with endless possibilities. It can sound like Lou Reed and Gillian Welch and Jonathan Richman started a garage band and got a gig at the sock hop. Catch Johnny solo or with the Bells (A rotating cast of ne’er-do-wells). The Portland Mercury’s Ned Lannamann had this to say about Johnny & the Bells self-titled album,

“Songwriter Johnny Keener has been making terrific overlooked music in Portland for a few years now. That level of attention deserves to change... (Johnny & the Bells) is filled with dashingly handsome songcraft...Keener's in complete charge of his genially seductive sound. Highlights on Johnny and the Bells abound, but if the specific melodies of "Inspirational Speaker" and "Louise" leave you cold, you are probably dead inside.”

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