Traveler of the Wind
"Rockaday" Johnny McKenzie Bio "Rockaday" Johnny McKenzie is a Performing Songwriter and Poet with a long and strong track record. His latest CD, Traveler Of The Wind, exemplifies the maturity of a writer who has the capability to write Rock, Pop, Jazz, Blues, Country, Folk and Gospel...and to blend the boundaries between them. This new CD is a compilation of some of McKenzie's personal favorite originals intermixed with new songs that have the lyrical and melodic power to be cut by many other artists working in different genres. Reviewers have compared his music to Bruce Springsteen, Jackson Browne and the folk-jazz leanings of David Crosby. Rockaday Johnny began his career as a staff writer for Capricorn Records in Macon Georgia in the 1970's where his anthemic antiwar underground hit "The Wonder" was cut by the folk rock act, Cowboy, who toured and recorded with the Allman Brothers Band. The legendary Chuck Leavell played keyboards on this first cut of "The Wonder", sung by Scott Boyer. From there, McKenzie moved to Key West where he played some of the same rooms and shared the occasional songwriters sessions with Jimmy Buffett in the days before Margaritaville. It was in Key West that Johnny was assigned the nickname Rockaday and it stuck. There he evolved his unique stylistic approach to harp playing which one reviewer has dubbed "Florida Harmonica". His harps are an integral part of current stage show which features soulful vocals supported by clean and intricate guitar work on his Gibson acoustics and Fender Strats. Johnny McKenzie has had many songs published in Nashville with cuts: "Boundaries" and "Live Again", by Randy Lees, and "With Someone Again" by the show band Fayreweather. Publishers include Sony/Tree Music, Dr. Inc Music, Touchton Music in Germany, and McKenzie's own Rivers Without Dams Music and Earth Electron Publishing. Rockaday has written over 200 songs and has cowritten extensively with his brother Jimi McKenzie, Kip Lawrence, and Drew Reid. With brother Jimi, he is the spiritual leader and business manager of The McKenzie Brothers Band, a force in Florida music for decades. He has had three books of poetry published: "The Pudding Wars", "Hawk High" and "Pleasant Dreams Sweet Ann". Currently Rockaday Johnny McKenzie is playing mostly songwriters festivals where he has recently opened concerts for such luminary songwriters as Mac Macanally, Chuck Cannon, Wayne Carson, John Mooney, Gretchen Peters and Gove Scrivner. In 2007 a reunion tour of the McKenzie Brothers Band is planned to support the release of the Brothers new CD, "Something To Anchor To". You may catch Rockaday Johnny at any venue where original compositions are performed. Look for Rockaday on tour solo or with brother Jimi and Band. You'll find an evening spent with the music of Johnny McKenzie a rewarding experience, a blend of musical styles that runs the gamut from high energy, groove driven rock, to intimate intricate acoustic finger picking, or as the Key West Citizen has described him: "explosive and tender in turn".