MAGNET Exclusive: Premiere Of Johnny Dango’s “Recluse In Plain Sight”

On September 1, Johnny Dango will release Recluse In Plain Sight. The Austin-based singer/songwriter has been a member of Brothers & Sisters and the Memphis Strange and a sideman for Stoney LaRue, but now he’s going out on his own with his solo debut. Says Dango, “A not-so-secret hope is that other musicians might potentially somehow hear it and be inspired to take more chances with their own work, to not play it so safe all the time. I don’t feel like I’m doing anything new here. These songs are all kind of throwbacks to other, more elegant eras. But, they’re sounds I wanted to hear paired with the words and melodies I had bouncing around in my head. So I made a record of it.” Dango will do an acoustic tour in support of Recluse In Plain Sight this fall, then, he says, “I’ll lay low and hopefully write some new stuff in the winter. I’ve got another record coming out in January, so I’ll be touring to support that.” In the meantime, check out Recluse In Plain Sight below. We are proud to premiere the album today on Says Dango of the LP, “I hope it’s a fun little record for anyone who bothers to give it a listen. We tried to keep it fairly short, since attention spans aren’t what they used to be. I don’t expect it to inspire anyone to go out and register to vote or volunteer to help the hungry or mentally ill, but that would be a nice development, wouldn’t it? It’s only rock ‘n’ roll, but I like it. Mick Jagger said that, and I’m repeating it over and over again. Because it’s the truth.”