Sunday, 1 April 2018

'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

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The official digital release is the 2nd April 2018 and can be purchased from
CD Baby, Amazon, iTunes and all leading download and streaming services. 

Bandtraxs 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. 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.”

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

In the past Hull born Carl Dixon has co wrote and produced with celebrated Funk Brother guitarist, song writer and performer Dennis Coffey songs featuring Spyder Turner and Cherokee Pree in the ‘Motor City’ along with some other notable ‘Funk Brothers’ and session musicians back in 2008. 'Tell me (crying over you)' and 'Glory Fleeting' featuring Spyder Turner on lead vocals, 'Suddenly there's you' featuring Pree on lead and 'Detroit (city by the river)' by Bandtraxs were all released successfully from that session and are available to purchase or stream. Later that same year Carl teamed up with Philly legend Bobby Eli where they co wrote, along with singer songwriter Chiquita Green, four new songs in his ‘Grooveyard’ studio. The two releases from that session were ‘There I go falling in love again’ by Chiquita and ‘Soul Recession’ by legendary Salsoul recording harmony group ‘Double Exposure’ famous for such releases as ’My love is free’, ‘Ten percent’ and ‘Every man’. In addition, Carl also has a co write with UK soul singer Diane Shaw and producer Andy Birkinshaw called ‘Good Lovin Man’ which is on her album ‘Love, Life and Strings’. Carl and The Delgonives are also proud to have co produced and sang on Robert and Mike Paladino's 'Soul Girl' parts 1 & 2 in 2015. This song is a derivative of 'The Four Winds' original 'Playgirl' released in 1963. Carl and Robert created this masterpiece remotely via Internet collaboration.

In addition, we must also celebrate another Johnny Boy release purposely coinciding with 'You ain't changed' called 'Cause my lover's gone', this time by US song writer and producer Robert Paladino. In its infancy, the song started to take shape and an opportunity for Robert and Johnny to work together arose and embracing that, the collaboration produced another masterpiece. This release can also be purchased or streamed from Amazon, iTunes, Spotify and all leading digital outlets and streaming services.

It is hoped that a 45-rpm vinyl record featuring both songs will be released soon and thanks to some wonderful marketing by Johnny Warren, there seems to be a healthy demand for a physical version. The international team on the vinyl distribution is Robert Paladino, Johnny Boy, Johnny Warren and Carl Dixon

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: 2nd April 2018
Recording location: London/Rochdale/Nashville/Detroit

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

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

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

© Carl Dixon/Bandtraxs 2018


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