Piano rock troubadour
Hailing from Montreal, Canada, Johnny Coull is a rock troubadour from another era. Wielding a virtuosic style on the piano and a poignant narrative voice, Coull brings alive stories of ecstasy and heartbreak, set to a wild vintage sound.
Coull's debut album City on the Hill was recorded at Montreal's legendary Studio Victor in the summer of 2013. He completed a twelve-date cross-Canada tour in the spring of 2014 to promote the record. This was followed up by a 2015 live EP, Songs to Control the Weather By, and a subsequent East Coast tour.
Coull belongs to the vintage piano rock tradition, in the style of early 1970’s Elton John or Van Morrison. His lyrics probe the dark places in life: the loss of our innocence, the instability of our desires, and the frantic desperation that draws us on in a life that only sometimes delivers what it promises.
He has been described as “a singer-songwriter and a first-rate storyteller with a sound somewhere between Bruce Springsteen and Billy Joel […]”, and in live performance has been lauded as “a veteran pianist, […] skilled at showing off his virtuosity and his voice.”
In the summer of 2016, he was awarded a CALQ grant to begin work on a new twelve-song record. The album was recorded this past fall, and post-production recently wrapped up with producer Terry Brown (Rush, Blue Rodeo) at the helm.
This second full-length album is set for release in the second week of January 2018, followed by a set of new tour dates in Canada and the US.