Monday, 9 December 2019

'You ain't changed' by Johnny Boy Pryers


‘You ain’t changed’
Written by: Carl Dixon/Johnny Pryers © 2017
CHD Publishing (PRS, MCPS)
Performed by
The official digital release is the 1st March 2018 and can be purchased from
CD Baby, Amazon, iTunes and all leading download and streaming services.

Bantraxs are delighted to release this new original work co written by UK blue-eyed soul performer Johnny Boy Pryers and established UK songwriter Carl Dixon called ‘You ain’t changed’. This collaboration has finally resulted in a truly authentic sounding blue-eyed soul masterpiece with elements of 60s Detroit soul and Carolina beach music. Carl and Johnny had communicated via email in 2007 with a view to someday working together musically and on meeting face to face at the 2015 Butlin's soul weekender, they decided to come up with an idea for a new song and this is the fruits of their labour. ‘You ain’t changed’ has bass, guitars and horns recorded in Nashville and drums from Detroit featuring Drew Schultz. Johnny's vocals were recorded in Rochdale at Lisa Stansfield’s 'Gracieland' studios. Hoping for a danceable number with loads of hooks, the song has had some excellent feedback from social media sites recognising just that.

Born in Bolton, Johnny was destined for a life in music. Taking early influences from his parents, grandparents, aunts and uncles, Johnny was surrounded from a very early age by a wide variety of music from Northern Soul, Tamla Motown, Mod, Punk, Rock and Roll. Johnny first learned of his love for being on stage as a teenager when he and friends formed their first band ‘The Shakers’ in which he played bass guitar and helped out with the vocals. They would play at gigs anywhere and everywhere they could around the local area, entertaining audiences in pubs and clubs across Bolton and beyond. Slowly but surely Johnny found him self branching away from the band in his early twenties and started to grow the foundations of his solo singing career, finding his niche in the market with Northern Soul. From there on, word of mouth has very much taken care of the marketing! What started out as doing a few local gigs for friends, grew into other pubs and clubs wanting to book him, friends of friends on the scooter scene wanting to book him for scooter rallies and a whole host of other Northern Soul venues from all over the UK wanting bookings for their events too. Over the years Johnny has performed alongside some very well respected artists such as Tommy Hunt, Dean Parrish, PP Arnold, La La Brookes, P.J. Proby, Marvin Ruffin, The Flirtations, Eddie Holman, Judy Street, Archie Bell, The Contours, The Velvelettes, Brenda Holloway, Prince Philip Mitchell, Kim Weston, Chris Clark, Martha Reeves and Diane Shaw. He has also performed at the Wigan Casino Anniversary and worked many times with world renowned Northern Soul DJ, who has also become a very good friend, Russ Winstanley.“

Elements/updates from the Johnny Boy web site and used with permission
© Johnny Boy and Cat Chester

Title: You ain’t changed
Writers: Carl Dixon/Johnny Pryers
Published by: CHD Publishing
Artist: Johnny Boy
Label: Bandtraxs
ISRC number: GBXNE1700080
UPC: 192914107323
Sleeve art: Michelle Dixon
This release: 1st April 2018
Recording location: London/Rochdale/Nashville/Detroit

Vocals: Johnny Boy Pryers
Vocals recorded at Gracieland Studios, Rochdale
Engineer: Steve Boyce-Buckley

Drums: Drew Shultz
Baritone and tenor sax: Sam Levine
Trombone: Roy Agee
Trumpet: Mike Haynes
Guitar: Mark Baldwin
Bass guitar: Gary Lunn
Keyboards: Carl Dixon

Produced, mixed and mastered by Carl Dixon for Bandtraxs Productions or contact
© Carl Dixon/Bandtraxs 2018

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