Jack Johnson has an almost obscene number of things going for him. A professional surfer in his teens and a filmmaker in his twenties, Johnson only recently discovered his talents as a pianist, songwriter and vocalist. Good thing he did: Johnson's self-titled debut album is a soulful, pleasingly simple collection that rolls along with breezy guitar melodies and punchy percussion. Johnson owes a clear stylistic debt to his pals and sometime musical collaborators, Ben Harper and G. Love & Special Sauce (for the latter, he penned the hit "Rodeo Clowns" last year). Yet Johnson's work is underscored by a force of personality that makes the music all his own. Local audiences will have plenty of chances to see Johnson in coming weeks: He appears at the Soiled Dove on Saturday, July 14, and at Tulagi on Monday, July 16; on Friday, July 20, and Saturday, July 21, Johnson opens for Toots & the Maytals at the Fox Theatre. Apparently stamina is another one of his gifts.
Get the Music Newsletter
Keep your thumb on the local music scene with music features, additional online music listings and show picks. We'll also send special ticket offers and music promotions available only to our Music Newsletter subscribers.