Patricio Johnson’s New Song Is Bluesy & Folky and Contains a Well Played Harmonica


Patricio Johnson is the talented singer-songwriter who has been writing songs for decades. Born in Madrid, Spain, he is now based in Nashville after spending 30 years in San Francisco, and has definitely mastered a cross between folk music and blues music with his songwriting style. His new song “You Gotta Be Quick Around Here” features story telling lyrics that are delivered in a rambling style similar to Bob Dylan’s “Subterranean Homesick Blues.” The song is upbeat and the lyrics demand to be devoured. His 40-year strong passion for music and songwriting shines through on the vocal delivery and musical performance of the track. Aside from the quirky lyrical content, the song contains a wonderfully played cross-harp (harmonica) that is easy to fall in love with. Patricio Johnson is a talented harp player as well and this track proves that! Patricio Johnson is for fans of Bob Dylan, Neil Young, Johnny Cash, the Grateful Dead and The Band. He cites his musical influences as Mose Allison, The Band, Howlin’ Wolf, Slim Harpo, Charlie Rich, George Jones, and Waylon Jennings.

Enjoy the song, released April 7th, 2019, on Spotify now:

The title phrase itself is just one of those folk-isms that you hear now and then, a kinda smart ass phrase that I’ve always taken to mean “you don’t catch on too quick, do ya son…” or something to that effect. But I apply it here to the actual passage of time in the narrator’s life as he goes over the mistakes he’s made and, how, in the final verse, he’s at least quick enough to get off the bridge railing and get down to the bar! There’s also another meaning in play that’s more personal concerning the long lapse I’ve allowed between recordings and the way I put my career on hold during some tricky times recently. So, it ain’t just some funny little saying to me, I guess. – Patricio Johnson

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Written by Ryan Cassata