Songwriters' Showcase X brings Tempe Roots-Rockers The Pistoleros to the stage along with three singer/songwriters from all over Arizona who have thrilled audiences at TCA's In the Spotlight and Walk-in Wednesdays Open Mic Night.
Shawn Johnson has played more than 1,500 shows over the past 19 years and has shared the stage with Cake, Rusted Root, G-Love, The Fray, Moody Blues, Everclear and more. He cites one of his best memories as sitting at the bottom of Durango Mountain in Colorado with Arlo Guthrie, swapping stories over a few beers. Johnson creates music that is hard to categorize, designing lyrics from the sights and emotions around him and combining it with sounds from his inspirations: Grateful Dead, Neil Young, Counting Crows, peter Gabriel, Richie Havens, BNL and Ani DiFranco. Apart from playing with his band - Shawn Johnson and the Foundation - his 2009 solo release Songs for Scenes showcases the artist's wide range of songwriting talent and musical production skills, giving his fans a more intimate look at what he is all about. View Shawn's performance:
Peter Roberts is an Arizona-born country singer/songwriter. Roberts started his singing career at a young age by taking part in his church choir every Sunday. His passion for music stems from listening to his father sing around the house when he was growing up. Eventually that passion grew and inspired him to join several musicals throughout high school. Today, his passion for music can be felt in his songwriting and seen in the live performances he does around the Valley. He prides himself on his ability to inspire a good time atmosphere for his live audiences. Roberts graduated from Arizona State University and plans to continue pursuing his passion and seeing what crazy roads he is lead down. View Peter's performance:
New England born and raised Pat Beary took to the guitar while recuperating from surgery to reconstruct a badly broken right arm, a condition that necessitated an unusual posture and physical approach to the instrument. He spent his formative years singing in coffeehouses across Connecticut and Massachusetts. His ersatz playing technique, later tempered with a performing arts school education, led to a particularly engaging style of songwriting. His first album, 8/roughly focused on a period of change. Relationships beginning and ending, cross-country travel, self-doubt and reassessments are repeating themes. Beary makes his home in Prescott and is working on material for a new album and is performing both solo and with a full, noisy electric band called the Twang Machine. View Pat's performance: