The MyRuralRadio.com Artists of the Year was awarded
to Johnny Mainstream at this year's Fall Music Festival
on October 3rd, 2015 at Naylor Wine Cellars in Stewartstown,
Johnny Mainstream is a four-piece Indie Rock and
Americana act out of Central CT. Born in the Marist
College dormitories of songwriter Matthew Maynes
and bassist Dan Garaffa, Johnny Mainstream began
writing honest folk songs inspired by Bob Dylan,
Bright Eyes, and Kevin Devine, but infused with
the punk rock ideals on which each was raised.
graduation in 2007, Maynes and Garaffa returned
to CT with the Johnny Mainstream brand intact. Through
continual exposure at local venues like the Main
Pub and Grady Tavern in Manchester CT, Johnny Mainstream
began to amass a small following from fans, as well
as the attention of other local musicians. Brendan
Donnelly and local mainstay and “Flu”
alum Michael James Anderson now round out the group
on drums and lead guitar respectively.
band released their debut full-length "Shipwrecked!"
on Sling Slang Records in February of 2011 and their
follow up, "Ghost Broadway", March 12th,