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Johnny & The MoTones started in 2005 when John Altenburgh loaned a significant archaic recording device called a Lathe Recorder to Sun Studios Museum, Memphis, TN. In return, the folks at Sun Studios offered him a free studio session at the legendary Sun Recording Studio. Altenburgh & Co. spent three hours calling off tunes in a live roots type of recording.....And the rest, as they say, IS HISTORY!
The album was entitled, "Two Hits For The Kitty" (The Sun Studio Sessions) and it went on to spend 18 weeks in the World's Blues Chart at Roots Music Report. Glen Moberg of Wisconsin Public Radio called it, "The Ultimate Road Trip!"
The "Road Trip" continued in 2007 to another legendary studio, Fame Studios in Muscle Shoals, AL. The group hooked up with long time Wisconsin Blues Master, Otis McLennon and legendary Muscle Shoals sidemen David Hood (original swamper) and Mike Dillon. This album was also recorded "live" in the studio as the boys recorded for seven hours straight. The album was entitled "Get Gone" and success was again at hand. Get Gone spent 17 weeks on the World's Blues Chart!
In 2010, the group decided to do an "in-studio" album, unlike the live type of sessions of the first two albums. After securing the up and coming Wisconsin vocalist, Kevin Moore, the group spent most of 2010 recording Nothin' To Lose. As to date, it has appeared on the Nationally syndicated blues show, "Blues Deluxe" twice and the ever popular At The Crossroads In March 2011. Also scheduled for Dan Aykroyd's House of Blues Syndicated show as well. Currently the album is number one in Wisconsin and has been in the World's Blues Charts for six weeks.
The group's recent line-up includes, Johnny Altenburgh, Ryan Korb, Bruce Lammers, Paula Hall, Chris O'Keefe, Mitch Viegut, and Bob Kase.
The MoTones have just released their fourth album, Shake It in 2013. It has appeared on several blues charts and numerous syndicated blues shows throughout the world.