Jobuk uses this virtuoso style of guitar to accompany a strong clear voice which he developed from years of singing and playing without amplification for the tourists and locals down on the Big Bend of the Rio Grande, where you had to sing loud enough to be heard over the sometimes howling desert wind. “It was great training playing acoustically for so many years” says Jobuk,
Singer and guitarist Jobuk Johnson draws on traditional styles of country and jazz guitar from the 30’s, 40’s and 50’s. He synthesizes them into a virtuoso style in which bass, chords and melody are played simultaneously.
Jobuk calls his style "Jackalope Jazz."
"...down on the Rio Grande, where you had to sing loud enough to be heard over the sometimes howling desert wind."
"I'll See You In My Dreams" performed by Jobuk Johnson
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“I learned how to use my voice and how to get a good tone out of my guitar like they used to back in the stage and radio days when you weren’t plugged in; you played acoustically or you just stood up to a microphone. There’s a richness in tone from this simpler approach for which there is no electronic shortcut."