Johnny Calamari

Upright Bass

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Johnny Calamari (August 9th, 1975) is an American musician and songwriter, best known for playing the bass in various bluegrass, roots, and rock bands. Calamari, born John Marshall Lanehart, was raised in Waynesboro Pennsylvania, a small Appalachia town near Gettysburg Pennsylvania, the site of the famous Civil War battle. 

He became involved in music at a very young age, playing the tuba in the school band, and was a member of various choir ensembles. In his teen years, Calamari transitioned to the electric bass and began playing in local bands with friends. In 1996 he attended Lee University in Cleveland Tennessee where he became influenced by roots music. His love for bluegrass and jazz music grew over time and he found himself primarily playing more upright bass.   Johnny had a love for the instrument growing up hearing stories of  his Grandfather, Carl, who also played upright bass in old time, country swing and hill-billy bands.

His impeccable timing, solid vocal range, positive energy and charisma have kept him busy touring with a variety of amazing artists and bands over the years.   Most recently with Peter Rowan, Don Flemons, Mike Munford, cellist Dave Eggar, Christopher Henry, Gina Furtado, Thomas Cassell, Matthew Davis,  Mike Mitchell Band, The Wooks.

These days he can be found touring around the country and in the Smoky Mountains working the Ole Smoky moonshine circuit, holding down bass duties as a member of Dreamcatcher. He also continues to freelance with various acts and artists. 

Johnny has instructed at festivals and online workshops including, Camp Jam in the pines, Uke Nation,  Philly folk song society and Boompop Coalition.  He has been teaching private lessons in his studio for 10 years and is newly on staff at the Floyd Music School.

Floyd Music School, IBMA

For beginner through intermediate level students.  Johnny is using the Floyd Music School curriculum, which is a hybrid of classical instruction, emphasizing Bluegrass and Oldtime music.

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