Johnny Farina with The Rockit Academy
Tim McLoone's Supper Club
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The Quintessential Steel Guitarist of our contemporary era, Johnny Farina of "Santo & Johnny" has been touring the world for more than fifty years. In 1959 "Santo & Johnny" were awarded a Gold Record for their prolific original instrumental song, "Sleep Walk" and can be heard in over twenty feature movies, TV shows and commercials. With over four million certified air plays, Sleep Walk has been covered by more than two hundred artists, including: Jeff Beck, Carlos Santana, Chet Atkins, Les Paul, Joe Satriani and earning Brian Setzer a 1999 Grammy for best Pop Instrumental. By the 1970s, "Santo & Johnny" had a hit TV Show in Italy and were inducted into the Hall of Fame for their number one hit instrumental of "The Godfather Theme" which remained #1 for twenty-six weeks. In 2002, "Santo & Johnny" were inducted into the "Steel Guitar Hall of Fame", St. Louis, in acknowledgement of their outstanding work on this unique instrument. Throughout the years Johnny Farina and Santo & Johnny have received accolades from critics and audiences alike. In 2016 Santo & Johnny were inducted into the Long Island Hall of Fame.
Johnny Farina and his brother Santo have recorded and released over 35 Albums and over 50 Singles worldwide. Today, Johnny Farina continues to perform and celebrate his unique, unmistakable, sensual sound, and phrasing of his steel guitar.
The Rockit Academy is New Jersey's leading music band program for young musicians, ages 8-18. Rockit, a 501(c)3 nonprofit, helps nurture, inspire and enrich the lives of young musicians through live music education partnered with the Count Basie Theatre in the heart of Red Bank New Jersey. Rockit also provides professional development and music scholarships while emphasizing the importance of community charity efforts. Rockit Advisory Board members, Maureen and Steven Van Zandt, Carmine Appice, Susan and Eddie Brigati, Jacquie Lee and Rich Russo lend their talent and support to a cause they keep close to their hearts. Rockit Academy alumni having gone on to tour with Steve Vai, perform with Keith Urban, sing on Broadway and become finalists on The X-Factor and NBC's The Voice.
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