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Johnnie Lee Jordan

Best of NYC 2014 - Open Submission Results for ALT FOLK

Gals and lads, here are the results for the last category of our Best of NYC Year End Poll for Emerging Artists: it's ALT FOLK! This is a genre that is rising in NYC, and that is producing some very interesting new bands dedicated to reinventing the American roots music. Kudos to Bonsai, who is also the band that received the highest score overall from our jury, and therefore has earned our NYC Artist of the Month banner.

Total submissions in this category: 26

Jurors: Jason Behrends (The Deli Chicago), Jordannah Elizabeth (The Deli SF), Paolo De Gregorio (The Deli NYC)

Artists qualified to the next stage (i.e. the Readers' Poll, starting later this week):

1. Bonsai (8.33 out of 10)


2. Johnnie Lee Jordan (7.16)


3. Viktor Longo (7)


Honorable Mentions (scores above 6.5)

Cave Cricket, Johnny Lewis, Jacknife Sympathy, Jesus On The Mainline, Dallas Heron, Bay Uno, The Slack Tide.

This is it as far os open submission results! As soon as we'll have all the bands uploaded in the system, the Best of 2014 Readers' Poll can begin!

The Deli's Staff


Johnnie Lee Jordan hones Rockabilly sound in new single “Candy Mountain”

In LI/Manhattan folkster Johnnie Lee Jordan’s catchy new single, “Candy Mountain,” a simply-stated rhythm guitar overlaps and interweaves a driving drum part and spacy leads  The tune is a continuation of a rockabilly sound, rooted in a plethora of influences from the past, and uniquely foreign to his hometown. Reverb and slide-guitar sounds are introduced and overlapped throughout, culminating in a full band chorus, which acts as a climax of catchiness with an old-timey sweetness saying, “Kiss me and say that it’s for free.” I had the pleasure of catching his set (playing as Johnnie Lee Jordan and The Boys) during CMJ, and it was absolutely a highlight of the whole festival. Between their live show and this new single, Johnnie Lee Jordan is not to be missed! – JP Basileo

We added this song to The Deli's playlist of Best rootsy songs by emerging NYC artists - check it out!


Best of CMJ 2014: Johnnie Lee Jordan & the Boys

From JPs report of Day 4 of the CMJ Music Marathon 2014: "After almost four days of running, and watching live music standing, I actually got to sit down to watch Johnnie Lee Jordan & the Boys' set, which was a crazy new concept for me (and almost felt like cheating). I surprisingly had a little time before they went on, so I shut my eyes and nodded off for a quick minute. I awoke to the first distorted licks to a cool, heavy Southern blues style of rock you would never have expected to come out of LI. Having grown up there, I know the vast majority of the Long Island music scene consists of metal bands, emo bands, and alternative weirdo bands. Not this. It started a little slow and heavy, almost desperate. Then it was like a flick switched, and I wasn’t drowsy anymore. What ensued was a most excellent modern variation of old school rockabilly and blues rock that made me question which state, and perhaps which decade I lived in. It was during their third song—a very slowed down, handsome sounding beat — that I thought to myself, “why aren’t there more bands doing this?” Honest love songs rocked gently, and sometimes not so gently, to their ladies of dedication, whoever they may be.


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