The Goldfinch Room – Royce Johns and Caleb Elliott

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About Royce Johns:

My name is Royce John Schwienebart, or otherwise known as Royce Johns. I’m a husband, father, guitar picker, and singer/songwriter. I’ve been pickin’ and grinnin’ for the last decade, and have been fortunate enough to work with some talented singers, songwriters, and musicians.

During my time playing music I’ve had the opportunity to open for some great acts in the industry including Sammy Kershaw, Deana Carter, Sawyer Brown,  Collin Raye, Aaron Tippin, Eric Paslay, The Cadillac Three, Trick Pony, Walker McGuire, and Sunny Sweeney.

After recording an EP and two records comprised of other songwriter’s songs and co-writes (Truckstop Souvenirs –  2018) (One Last Two Step – 2020), I finally got talked into writing and recording my own songs, thanks to Caleb Elliott. He encouraged me to make a record called Thank Ya Kindly which was released August 23′. Since then it’s received some good press, but also opened my eyes to what being a songwriter can be outside commercial interest.

About Caleb Elliott:

Like the sprawling branches of a tenured Magnolia, Caleb Elliott’s sophomore album Weed, Wine & Time is beauty and grit personified.  From the first track of the record (Sweeter Paradigm) Elliott lays bare a thesis of hope and healing that continues throughout the album’s entirety. Elliott’s opening chorus states that “you learn as you go along, simple as a song” and this theme courses like blood through each of the 11 tracks that follow.

Born and bred in a small northern Louisiana town called Natchitoches, Elliott was raised on traditional gospel and classical music. While these may not be genres he’s drawn to in adulthood, the remnants of a childhood spent practicing cello & singing church tunes around a piano with his entire family have bled into the musician, and man, he is today. Listening to WW&T is like watching the lives of Elliott, his family and his community. For Elliott though, it doesn’t stop at observing. Each paneled-song of the WW&T quilt is a study in adversity, followed by a friendly hand reaching out to help. In Sister (a track that processes his sibling’s cancer battle) we find yet another trumpet call for hope amidst pain as he says “Hold your head up high though the world may pass you by. Take care of the light that shines inside”.