Johnny Barban is making good on a new year’s resolution.
His wife, Erin, didn’t want to hear the standard self-improvement pledges from her better half as 2019 beckoned.
She wanted to know “what you actually want for yourself,” the Sault Ste. Marie native recalls.
What Barban wanted to do was make an album, just like chums including Jay Case and Lindsay Pugh, have done. He’s played music for 25 years with appearances including solo gigs and dates with Johnny and the Revelators and Sometimes Ange in Peterbourgh, Ont., and closer to home at Root River Golf Club, Loplops and Downtown Association’s street parties. Friends and family encouraged him to make a permanent record of his own songs.
“It would be really cool for me to record this and have something that my kids could listen to,” said the father of Aria, 6, and Willa, 3. “They love hearing me play.”
He had the material with songs drawn from efforts he’d penned over two decades.