The Deep Ellum acoustic duo plays an “Americana” mix of blues, old jazz, folk music, bluegrass, and oldies. The duo is named for the historic red-light, musical entertainment, and recording district in Dallas that was immortalized in Blind Lemon Jefferson’s classic “Deep Ellum Blues,” their theme song that they perform with a little different twist.
Both members are seasoned acoustic musicians. Rich Johnson is a talented guitarist who plays 6- and 12-string as well as Dobro (resophonic guitar), and he also sings harmony vocals. Rich is also familiar to Connecticut listeners as a fine electric guitar and lap steel player with the roots country band Lost Highway. Jon Swift (6- and 12-string guitar, lead vocals) was a founding member of the popular Connecticut-based acoustic bluegrass band Traver Hollow, playing upright bass and singing lead and harmony vocals for live audiences in the U.S., Canada, and Europe, as well as radio and TV shows. His singing and guitar playing have been enjoyed in many Connecticut acoustic venues for years.