For Social Distortion guitarist and longtime SoCal punk stalwart Jonny 2 Bags, finding a review of his debut solo LP, Salvation Town (set for release this week on Isotone Records), printed in Rolling Stone magazine came as a surprise. The fact that it was a favorable write-up, albeit backhanded--reviewer John D. Luerssen dubs it an "unexpectedly strong debut"--was nothing less than a shocker for the man born Jonny Wickersham. "I was really kind of concentrating on keeping my expectations fairly low," he says. "I've never been down this road before."
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Surely, going solo is a long time coming for someone like Wickersham, 46, who has made a career as a full-time guitarist starting in his early 20s. A founding member of the OC bluesy-hardcore band Cadillac Tramps, Wickersham primarily supplied riffs and instrumental arrangements for front man Brian Coakley's songs. Later, during the back half of the '90s, he'd join seminal LA punkers Youth Brigade in a similar role, followed by the U.S. Bombs. In 2000, Mike Ness tapped him to fill the rhythm-guitar/backup-vocals spot in Social Distortion after the death of Dennis Danell.More »