Johnny and the Bootlegs – “NYC Woman”

Johnny & the Bootlegs celebrate the excess of NYC nightlife with “NYC Woman”

Blues-punk-rock band present smashing lead single off their upcoming EP NYC Rags  |  Premiered on Groundsounds

Tearing into the fabric of New York City nightlife, blues-punk rock band Johnny & the Bootlegs present the single “NYC Woman” today. With a blend of gritty yet heartfelt, soul-inspired rock n’ roll, the track provides an unfiltered glimpse of the ‘city that never sleeps’. “NYC Woman” premiered on GroundSounds, who said it’s “a fist-in-the-air mix of gritty and catchy, and is a welcome sound for anyone itching for good old-fashioned rock n’ roll.” The single had its radio debut on Q104.3/ iHeart Radio’s “Out of the Box” show earlier this week and comes off the band’s upcoming EP NYC Rags.

Full of melodic hooks and anthemic, party vocals, “NYC Woman” takes an unabashed dive into the fast-paced, vibrant, and spectacular adventure of NYC nightlife. It’s about longing for love in an environment where the party never seems to end, and the sunrise only ushers in more of the same. Lead vocalist and guitarist John Santiago shared, “it’s a direct discussion of the extremes present in NYC dating, as well as the seemingly welcomed culture of instant gratification, despite an obvious necessity for discipline within chaos.” Taking you on a ride of highs and lows, the track provides an intoxicating rush of escalation.

“The bridge is where conflict arises, only to be smashed away by the remembrance of good times and re-emergence of the opening verse,” mused Santiago. “Everything above is just really philosophical and the song is meant to be accompanied by a beer, shot and lover to have fun with, so shut up and enjoy!”

Santiago’s reflections come heavily from his time working as General Manager of the legendary New York City music venue, Webster Hall, whose doors closed in 2017. With long nights full of talent handling, crazy crowds, and sold-out shows, if one can speak for the true nature of NYC’s nightlife, Santiago’s rendition may not be far off. “NYC Women” comes as the first single off Johnny & the Bootlegs’ upcoming EP NYC Rags, scheduled for release on May 11. The EP was recorded at Studio G in Brooklyn, NY by engineer Jeff Berner (Psychic TV, Chris Cubeta and the Liars Club, NAAM, Heliotropes).

Johnny & the Bootlegs will celebrate a EP release show on May 10, at Coney Island Baby in Manhattan (169 Avenue A, New York, NY 10009), along with Bash & Pop (w/ Tommy Stinson) and Liza Colby Sound. “NYC Woman” is available for stream and purchase now on SpotifyiTunesBandcamp, and all major digital retailers.



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Johnny & the Bootlegs are an NYC Blues-Punk-Rock outfit established in 2016. Dedicated to the idea of creating good time, soul inspired, rock n roll, the band’s debut self-titled album was released in August 2017 with cited influence from artists like ZZ Top, Jimi Hendrix, Green Day, and Sublime. Johnny & the Bootlegs is fronted by NYC singer-songwriter John Santiago with Eric Neuberger on bass and the recent addition of Ryan Adams on drums in mid-2017. Their follow-up EP entitled NYC Rags, with Adams on drums, is set for release in Spring 2018.


Listed on The Aquarian’s  Top 30 NYC Bands to Catch Live in 2018

J&TB play straight forward, no frills, soul infused rock n’ roll, with flashes of Nirvana, The Doors and Soundgarden. J&TB create a unique sound with only a guitar, bass and drums.” – Cowgirlz Entertainment

Lead vocalist/guitarist, John Santiago was the general manager of the historic Webster Hall, up to its closing in 2017. He has been interviewed by Forbes MagazineTimeOut NY and others regarding his time as General Manager.