About

Between the Canadian and Mexican borders lies Norman, Oklahoma – a college town where “Sooner Magic” is not exclusively contained to the football field. The stars first aligned when Fargo, North Dakota, native Joie Sherman Johnson met guitarist John Johnson at The University of Oklahoma. Joie and John were bitten by both the songwriting and love bugs, marrying a few years later.

Fate intervened again when the Johnsons moved back to Norman, after a three-year stint working corporate careers in Washington, DC. (You can even Google them ringing the closing bell on Wall Street!) Upon returning, they were introduced to bass guitarist and fellow Fargo native Scott Strandberg – only to discover that Scott and Joie’s parents lived a mere two miles apart back home. Something special occurred when they all joined forces with two of John’s fellow Oklahomans, Justin Dupuis on lead guitar and Dillon Hayden on drums. That something special is called North Meets South.

Like the name – North Meets South – the sound of the band is a savory combination of styles and influences, which truly embody the term ‘Americana.’ The colors of Fleetwood Mac, Patsy Cline, Bob Dylan, Brandi Carlile, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Gillian Welch, and Bonnie Raitt can all be found in Joie’s rich, powerhouse vocals – and in the dynamic, driving sound of the band.

This energetic sound blossomed under the direction of Grammy-nominated producer and engineer, Wes Sharon. North Meets South’s debut album was recorded at Sharon’s studio 115 Recording, and will be released in late 2015. Known for their honest, melodic and catchy songwriting, their original material came to life in the studio – and is uniquely showcased in the band’s passionate live performances.

Both classic and current, North Meets South thrives on combining opposites. It’s the catchy, bright and bubbly single “Writing on the Wall,” followed by the achingly beautiful and haunting “The Howl.” It’s the combination of elements that makes for an incredible journey, and there’s no compass needed.

That’s the beauty of North Meets South – you can always find your way back home through their music.