Johnzo West is a songwriter and guitarist born and raised in the great state of Indiana, currently based out of Los Angeles, CA; Solo artist, guitarist for Fortress Social Club, collaborated with Miley Cyrus, Billy Ray Cyrus, Ryan Beatty and Davey Allen; Former lead-singer and guitarist of The Swell, Johnzo has released four albums, The Swell Love Grenade (2004)The Swell Say It Like You Mean It EP (2005), Johnzo West Bring On The Burden (2008), Johnzo West Glory (2013). Most recently he recorded a cover of the Carl Perkins song 'Honey Don't' for the film Perfect Sisters (2014), and released a video for his latest single 'It Ain't Right' which premiered at A new EP of original material is scheduled for release in early 2015.

Johnzo has shared the stage with acts such as Dickey Betts of the Allman Brothers Band, Jackie Greene, Ha Ha Tonka, Toots and the Maytals, Easy Star All-Stars, Jade of Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros, The Cadillac Three, Leroy Powell, Benevento Russo Duo, Roses Pawn Shop, and Zack Hexum among others.

Other projects include a collaboration with Miley Cyrus covering Bob Dylan's You're Gonna Make Me Lonesome When You Go for Amnesty International's Chimes Of Freedom album, a tribute to Bob Dylan. Miley and Johnzo appeared alongside artists such as Adele, Kris Kristofferson, My Morning Jacket, Bad Religion, the Avett Brothers, Lucinda Williams, Queens of the Stone Age, Elvis Costello, Sting, Jackson Browne, Maroon 5 and Ziggy Marley. Miley and Johnzo shot a video for Lonesome with photographer/director James Minchin III that reached #1 on both MTV and CMT. The duo has performed on The Ellen Degeneres Show, Jimmy Kimmel Live, and at charity events such as "Trevor Live" at the Hollywood Palladium, Muhammad Ali's "Celebrity Fight Night", and the Los Angeles "City of Hope" benefit concert.

Johnzo played guitar on Billy Ray Cyrusalbum, Change My Mind (2012), with drummer Kenny Aronoff (John Mellencamp, Smashing Pumpkins, Rolling Stones, Trey Anastasio) and bassist Dusty Wakeman (Dwight Yoakam, Lucinda Williams). He has performed with Cyrus on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno twice, The View, Good Morning America, Canada AM and Canada's Breakfast Television. Johnzo also appeared in an episode of 90210 with Cyrus performing the song Hillbilly Heart

Soundtrack credits include co-producer for the Angels Sing soundtrack featuring Willie Nelson, Harry Connick Jr., Kris Kristofferson, Lyle Lovett and Dale Watson among others. 

Film credits include Live Music Coach on LOL featuring Demi Moore, Miley Cyrus and Douglas Booth.  

Johnzo appears on Fortress Social Club's Grando EP, Dreamin' the Life LP, Make Love Not Babies LP. He also appears on and co-produced Davey Allen's Big Mama EP.


See Miley Cyrus Sing Bob Dylan Unadorned on 'Kimmel' | SPIN

Fortress Social Club interview | Life of a Rock Star

Miley Cyrus - Mini Documentary from Chimes of Freedom: The Songs of Bob Dylan 

"A shiny new roots band... Cali Girl is a gentle rocker that reminds me of I See Hawks In LA and no less than Elvis Costello." - My Old Kentucky Blog (U.S.)

"They happily cite influences as diverse as alt-country, reggae and soul... far from being a sloppy mish-mash though, the songs are tightly constructed roots-led rockers that demonstrate a nice line in lyrical wordplay and toe-tapping rythms." - Mad Mackerel (U.K.)

"Melodic rock songs with a country feel taking cues from early seventies Neil Young and the latter day output of The Byrds." - Here Comes The Flood (Netherlands)


  1. "Orange scented candles by the bed, This is the shit stuck in my head..." You've come a long way since IU 10 years ago! Great to see you're still making great music!

    -Greg Fratzke

  2. Keep on rockin' Johnzo. Awesome to see a fellow Hoosier make it so far.