Johnny Boyd

Johnny Boyd

Welcome back, summer~

Tina Turner - Missing You (clip) 25/05/2023

RIP Tina Turner. Legend.

Tina Turner - Missing You (clip) Wrote by: John Waite, Mark Leonard, Chas Sandford Everytime I think of you, I always catch my breath And I'm still standing here, and you're miles away and I...

Photos from Johnny Boyd's post 04/04/2023

⚡️ Quick! To the Boyd-Phone! ⚡️

1949 HITS ARCHIVE: Again - Doris Day 15/02/2023


My standard operating procedure is to look to the past for ideas, inspiration and feeling, and while I’m not a huge Doris Day fan, I think this track is amazing. Doris Day was a formidable vocalist before she was a blockbuster movie star, and while her recordings never moved me very much, this one does.

Take a listen. How did they make it so warm sounding? Answer: ribbon mics, studio placements and analog tape. The simplicity makes it accessible. It sounds real and emotional and human. No matter how many times corporations today tell me they can recreate this sound using digital technology and computers (new recordings made “in the box”), they cannot. They can only mimic the real thing and try to sell their imitator stuff. No, thank you.

Sometimes I think I’m the only person on the planet who is actually feeling music. Super Bowl half-time shows, Netflix hype and churned out music industry garbage makes me turn inward even more; rescued by timeless classics that still quietly speak to the human condition, like this Doris Day recording. I honestly don’t know what I would do without them.

1949 HITS ARCHIVE: Again - Doris Day Again (Cochran-Newman) by Doris Day and The Mellomen, orchestra conducted by John RarigFrom the film noir “Road House” came this major ballad that reached #1...


Happy Holidaze🌲
(photo: Roberto Medina, also not wearing pants)


From my vintage necktie passion page on Instagram 😊


photo: Nina Johnson 🧡

Starlite Pulpcast, Episode 3, with Johnny Boyd 30/08/2022

I rarely do podcasts or interviews these days, but I’m REALLY glad I did this one! Brian and I talk about Indigo Swing, the 90’s swing revival, finding vintage clothing, the music business today, and so much more!

I hope you check it out and follow Starlite Pulp. I love what he’s doing 😊

Starlite Pulpcast, Episode 3, with Johnny Boyd Brian from Starlite Pulp talks with Johnny Boyd, ex-frontman for Indigo Swing, about the Swing Revival, finding vintage these days, having 9500 vintage ties ...


Alas, the city of Seattle has also drastically changed in the past few decades. I'd give anything to turn back the clock, including enduring another dust-up with Officer Muse in 1995.

(My kind and sensitive friend Michael Golden pointed out that I'm wearing a "Canadian Tuxedo" in this photo. Thanks...?)


RIP Club Deluxe. Things change, and sadly, San Francisco is one of them.
(photo: Nigel Poor, 1995)

Redbone ~ Come and Get Your Love (1973) 04/08/2022

The perfect radio hit (when radio was actually something). Notice how new elements are continually introduced to keep the listener engaged and singing along. Genius and effortless. My favorite parts are all the string movements on the third and fourth verses. 70's pop music strings were awesome.

Redbone ~ Come and Get Your Love (1973) "Come and Get Your Love" is a song by Native American rock band Redbone. The song was originally released as a promo track under the name "Hail"…

Photos from Johnny Boyd's post 03/07/2022

The Muse and her summer babies 😊


One thing the pandemic did NOT change:
The Muse and I try to cook dinner together every night 🙂
(photo: Julia Seymour ❤️)


More nostalgia~JB in a marlin tie for Indigo Swing’s Red Light album photoshoot (c.1999).
(photo: Nigel Poor)

Photos from Johnny Boyd's post 17/05/2022

Still hanging in my mother’s house 😊


Eye candy~tie candy 🍬

I'm Glad There Is You 28/03/2022

What I’m listening to RIGHT NOW:
The presence of this vocal is a HUGE part of why I find this recording so appealing. Notice how the word “world” is captured and mixed in the very first line. Intimate. I think this closeness keeps the listener engaged until the end. Well, that, and the fact that Smokey Robinson is a living legend.

I'm Glad There Is You Provided to YouTube by Universal Music GroupI'm Glad There Is You · Smokey RobinsonTimeless Love℗ 2006 Smokey R, LLC, licensed exclusively to Universal Music...


My work here is done.
(photo: Nina Johnson 🥧)


Early Indigo Swing "action shots" (c.1995). I still have that tie 😃
(photo: Nigel Poor)


(photo: Chad Rapper)

Photos from Johnny Boyd's post 22/12/2021

“Real Boogie Woogie Flavor” 👍🏼👍🏼


Welp, I guess it's HER rainy day hat now...🤷‍♂️


Summer holdouts 🙂


Omaha (2016)


(photo: Kat Posell, October 22, 1999)

My friend and Indigo Swing bandmate “Big Jim” Overton passed away around this time 20 years ago.

In the years we toured, recorded and performed together, I was too young to appreciate the complete understanding he had of himself, his life and music. He had been through a lot and come out the other side with grace and gratitude. I understand now.

Sometimes, when things become overwhelming, I try to imagine what Jim would do. I always come back to his mantra: find a balance. Try to let go of the things that don’t bring you joy. Find your place. Realize that it’s not all about “you”. Perspective. Accept your faults and love yourself anyway.

For Jim, he was happiest making music hidden behind the drums. He didn’t want all the attention that so many performers crave. Humble and grounded, he helped the rest of us shine. You can hear it in the recordings we made together.

I miss Jim and all the things I had left to learn from him, but I will never forget the example he set for me and everyone else lucky enough to have him in their lives.

Rest in peace, Jim.

Nat King Cole I Just Can't See For Lookin' 29/08/2021

It's been said that Nat King Cole was the finest piano accompanist in history. What's even more amazing is how he accompanied himself while singing in a such relaxed style. The piano was played in time, the singing, behind the beat. It boggles the mind how someone could be that talented.

I recently discovered this song from NKC's trio recording days. His band, as always, is pure perfection. "Perfection" not only in the sense of the musical ex*****on, but also completely open and accessible for others to listen and enjoy. They set the bar, and in my opinion, it remains unmatched to this day. Check it out:

Nat King Cole I Just Can't See For Lookin' Nat King Cole I Just Can't See For Lookin'

We're All Alone 05/08/2021

I've posted about Boz Scaggs here before and continue to appreciate his (in my opinion) highly underrated talent. Incredible songwriter and one-of-a-kind voice. Listen to the range that a vocalist must possess to sing this song! Ridiculous. Yet, Boz Scaggs attempts it, and as he reaches earnestly for the high notes, we find ourselves rooting for him to succeed:

"Come on, come's so beautiful! You can do it!"

This is the connection that Scaggs creates with listeners using his unique voice and songs. It transcends far beyond music and deep into our own humanity. It's magical. Lucky, lucky us.

We're All Alone Provided to YouTube by Columbia/LegacyWe're All Alone · Boz ScaggsMy Time: A Boz Scaggs Anthology (1969-1997)℗ 1976 Columbia Records, a division of Sony Musi...

Frank Sinatra - Emily 30/07/2021

Probably my all-time favorite string arrangement. + the French horns. Instantly transforms me to a place of beauty and calm. When Sinatra sang tenderly, nothing else mattered. Listen to the soft "catches" in his voice at the end of the phrases. Wow.

Frank Sinatra - Emily From the CD Album "Softly As I Leave You"


(photo: Joe N Dancer)


Be My Number Two

From a forthcoming album of broken-hearted love songs. I have always admired this Joe Jackson tune from younger days...and now I get to sing it 😊

Produced by Dave Palmer, recorded by Jim Monroe and mixed by Jason Mariani (Brotheryn Studios). Beautiful backing vocals by Perla Batalla, Gabriel Gonzalez and James Zavaleta. And that's Jordan incredible trumpet virtuoso.

I feel so lucky. I hope you like 😊

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Rockum, sockum! 😃


Tour manager Scott Cramer knows just what daddy needs to do a good show for the nice people 😊


Keith snapped some pics during our soundcheck for the Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza performance. Not a bad seat in the house! 😃


Young and Foolish - Bill Henderson with the Oscar Peterson Trio

What I'm listening to RIGHT NOW:
I arrived home this evening from a successful show in Thousand Oaks, CA.
I thought of this song and spun it.
My instinct was trying to tell me something.
I learned a lot from that show.
This is the understated beauty and honesty and elegance I want in my music. This is the music I want to write and create.
I will continue...
~DJ Johnny Boyd


Thank you, you tanned, healthy, beautiful people of Los Angeles, Thousand Oaks and the Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza!


Bringing it to you HARD tonight, S.Cal 💦


We can't wait to be with you this weekend, Los Angeles/Thousand Oaks 😊
(photo: Nina Johnson)


Videos (show all)

BRAND NEW VIDEO!“Nothing But The Best” LIVE from Los Angeles, including a fleeting cameo from The Muse herself (at no ex...
NEW VIDEO!LIVE FROM THE ALAMO :)I don't cover many songs from other artists, but I love this one from Bruce Springsteen....
NEW "BRANDY" VIDEO!!How 'bout some FRESH LIVE MUSIC from my stellar band and the great city of Chicago?Filmed by Joseph ...
How to stay warm in NYC :)
GET BACK!!NEW VIDEO!!Tickets: we perform this song THIS WEEKEND in NYC? YES!!FUN Fri & Sun sho...
BEAUTIFUL NEW VIDEO!!Will we perform this song at our last two shows of the year THIS WEEKEND?? Come and see!!FRI PORTLA...
THANK YOU, PHOENIX!SO MUCH FUN!(video: Judy Timson)My ring-a-ding band is batting 1000% and ready to THRILL TONIGHT in D...
NEW VIDEO!If you like this, you will LOVE our live show! JOIN US on tour this week!THU LOS ANGELES:
DENVER!SAT DEC 3RD!(video: John Kaufman)Indigo Swing's Johnny Boyd and his crackerjack band will be back in Denver next ...
SOUTHERN CAL!THUR DEC 1ST!TORCH - CROON - JUMP BLUES - SWING!Indigo Swing’s Johnny Boyd returns, bringing his intimate ‘...
Another taste of my beautiful new album, Someday Dreams Of You (thanks Michael Collin!)More:CD:
FREE!! FINAL LOS ANGELES SHOW ADDED TONIGHT!(video: Nargess Phillips)gLAnce Lobby Bar, located in the JW Marriott Los An...