Canadian singer-songwriter Johnny Charmer first appeared on the Toronto music scene in early 2000, having joined
Canadian indie darlings Red Autumn Fall as a guitarist and keyboardist. Shortly after the demise of the band, Johnny
formed Charmer with ex-RAF singer Simeon Ross, and drummer Gail Thompson, along with Winnipeg ex-pats Steve
Payne and Brad Sveistrupp. After several years playing shows across Ontario and Quebec—and even a tour in the
Northwest Territories—Johnny left the stalling band to play guitar with Toronto rock ‘n’ roll mainstay, and Fading Ways
Records chief, Neil Leyton, and eventually to form his own band, Red Orkestra.
Red Orkestra's recordings, produced by Steve Payne, have gone from the overtly political to the extremely personal,
from band records to more “solo” records, but none so far so purely distilled into Red Orkestra's very essence as the
brand new fourth album: “Burning Little Empires” is a tour-de-force where Bragg meets Morrissey at Cash's country
saloon producing their very own unique brew of alt-country-brit-rock.
released June 4, 2012
Johnny Charmer: vocals, guitars, mandolin, keys
Steve Parkinson: lead guitar, banjo, backing vocals
Neil McDonald: bass
Rick Andrade: drums
Produced by Steve Payne.
Many thanks to the Royal Art Lodge for the cover art, You're never too young for forever.