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.
Coull’s debut album City on the Hill was released in 2014, funded by a provincial songwriting
grant and a successful Indiegogo campaign. This was followed by a cross-Canada tour, and a
subsequent 2015 EP, entitled Songs to Control the Weather by. In the summer of 2016, he was awarded a
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 […]”, and in live performance has been lauded as “a veteran pianist, […] skilled at showing off his virtuosity and his voice.”
Most recently, Coull was awarded an official showcase at Folk Alliance Region Midwest (2017),
and was a winner of the Indie Week Montreal competition, as well as an official showcase artist at Indie Week Canada. He has also been awarded an official showcase at the Millennium Music Conference in February, which will be followed by a Canadian spring tour.