John Kathman (Born May 13th, 1983), also known under the alias 'Johnny Granata', is a musician and songwriter from Cincinnati, OH. He is most notably known for his work with The Minor Leagues (drummer) and Albino Vega (songwriter, guitar, voice), however he has also worked with Nikki Williams, Michael Davey, and Dead End Symphony to name a few.
John grew up in a small town outside of Dayton, OH and began showing interest in music at the age of 5. His first guitar was given to him at the age of six and has since been writing and performing his own songs, as well as writing with and for others. He also plays the drums, keys, bass, and sings.
His first effort at fronting a band was in 2002 with the group 'Albino Vega'. The band had some mild successes playing live and released an EP on Spat! Records entitled "…For The Gusto" in 2006, but met their end in 2007 due to disagreements between the band members.
John is also the drummer for the Cincinnati based band 'The Minor Leagues' (www.myspace.com/minorleaguesmusic, www.minorleaguesmusic.com). The band was created by fellow bandmates Ben Walpole and Patrick Helmes in 2001, and continues to be an off-again, on-again project that John faithfully returns to whenever the opportunity strikes. They have released four studio albums, with a fifth entitled "The Love That Never Was" to be released in late 2009. They will be making a return to the stage after over two years of inactivity for the Midpoint Music Festival in Cincinnati, OH September 26th, 2009 at the Subway Bar and Lounge for the Data Was Lost showcase, as well as making plans for a fall and winter tour to support the new album.
John continues to write and record songs and you can hear these songs on his myspace page, www.myspace.com/johnnygranata. He plans to release his first solo album on Spat! Records sometime in the near future. He is also currently the drummer for Dead End Symphony, a recent project of fellow band mate and friend Josh Silver (www.myspace.com/deadendsymphony).
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