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W. starts playing his dad's guitar at the age of 9. Three years later
he gets a copy of the 'Eliminator"-LP by ZZ Top.
From then on he starts digging in the archives of guitar music
(especially blues), meanwhile improving himself on the instrument.
good looking man joined Bacon Fat in spring 2006. He used to jam once in
a while with some friends (including W.) and eventually became a solid
bass-player. Though he never really played in a band before he was
recruited to fit in with BF. And he did well!
At the end of the nineties W. Johnson lost his interest in playing covers and left the Bluesfactory. He decided to go his own way and started writing his own songs. Two years and a first failed line-up later he teamed up with drummer Luke Lammenzo and bass-player Mr. Nasty.
On July 18th, 2000 Bacon Fat was born.
Six months later, after an intensive period of songwriting and rehearsing a first demo-CD was recorded. Bacon Fat was ready to go on stage now with mainly new and original songs.
On March 9th, 2001 W. Johnson made his debut-appearance as the leadsinger and frontman of Bacon Fat. From that moment on the band succeeds in playing show after show and Bacon Fat becomes a well known name in the blues- and rockscene in the lowlands.
Meanwhile W. gets in touch with "Le duc de Berloz" and "Le Grand Rititificateur". They would take care of all the design and web-building for the band from here on. The first result of this cooperation was the notorious cover of the second demo "Plain Sustain" in Januari 2002.
With the accompanying tour Bacon Fat played their first shows in Holland.
In November 2002 they hit the studio again to record their third demo called "Show Some Steel". This was still Bacon Fat, but clearly on a higher level and even more dynamic than before.
These recordings pointed out Bacon Fat is a true rock 'n roll-sensation. Gig after gig they knew to confirm that reputation.
75 shows later -in less than three years- they found themselves ready to release their first official CD. To keep everything under control from a business point of view, Grease It Up Music cvoa was founded. The CD "Boogielicious Baby" (released December 2004) happened to be the ultimate compilation of the first years of Bacon Fat, completed with 5 new tracks.
2005 naturally became the year of the Boogielicious Tour and Bacon
Fat played concerts and festivals all over the Benelux.
Meanwhile, W. didn't just sit down waiting for a solution falling down from heaven or outer space. He found some new strength in the likes of Benjamin Cestillo (bass and backings) and Enrique "Rico" Gee (drums).
With this new line-up the real Bacon Fat-spirit is back and the future of the band is assured.
June 2007 marks the release of the second full-CD "Reinventing the Mojo". Received with great reviews worldwide this album holds the spotlight on the band during a period of musical exploration. By the end of the year they finally got the right recipe to present their live-set in a way that covers The Whole history of the band while keeping an open mind for further musical directions in the future...
2008 marks the year of the MOJO Tour. These performances show the band has grown a lot since the recording-sessions for "Reinventing the Mojo" and also brought us the very first new original material.
Bacon Fat also did itís first shows in Germany.
After six years the band replaces "Pretty little thang" by "Liberty bell" as ultimate finale of the set. This song opened new directions for the band and itís music. It became that important it became the name of the 2009 tour: the Liberty Tour.
Bacon Fat celebrates itís first decade with the Greasy Decade Tour 2010. Most of the new material is performed here already.
After summer the boys dive into the studio to record their third album: "The Art of Freedom".
The try-out for the 2011 tour shows a band that is absolutely ready for itís second decade. The new material is going musically further than the band has ever been and all the aspects of Bacon Fat ARE there. The songs fit together very clear while they are so different at the same time.
In February 2011 Bacon Fat plays the first show of the Play with Feel Tour and in March "One on one" is launched as a free MP3-single, announcing the upcoming release of "The Art of Freedom" later in April.