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 to life stories of ecstasy and heartbreak, set to a wild vintage sound. His second full-length album That Cold Year was released on January 19, 2018.

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This is what they're saying about the album:

“Coull packs his second full-length album with great big piano rock, each song brimming over with power and words.” - Bob Mersereau, Canadian Top 100

”Completely encompassed by the exquisite vocals and intricacy of the album, That Cold Year will surely entice and excite listeners.” - Canadian Beats

”Coull spouts out vivid lines of lyrics as fast as he tickles the ivory, wrapping the listener up in a storm of melody and verse.” - Huffington Post
 
 

Coull’s debut album City on the Hill was released in 2014, funded by a Jeunes Volontaires songwriting grant and a successful Indiegogo campaign. He toured across Canada to promote the record,  before releasing a subsequent 2015 EP, entitled Songs to Control the Weather by. In the summer of 2016, he was awarded another songwriting grant from the Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec to fund the composition and arrangement of a new twelve-song project. The album was recorded in Montreal with backing band extraordinaire consisting of Al McElcheran (bass), Olivier Boyer-Masutti (guitar), and Tim van de Ven (drums).  Post-production was headed up by Canadian producer Terry Brown (Rush, Blue Rodeo).

 

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 […]” (Divide and Conquer Music), and in live performance has been lauded as “a veteran pianist, […] skilled at showing off his virtuosity and his voice.” (Boucle Magazine)

 

Most recently, Coull was awarded official showcases at Folk Alliance Region Midwest (2017) and the Millennium Music Conference (2018), and was a winner of the Indie Week Montreal competition, which subsequently allowed him to perform at Indie Week Canada. He has also been the recipient of a 2018 FACTOR Artist Development grant. He is currently touring in Canada, and is planning a tour of the US Midwest in late fall of 2018.