The Swinging Johnsons Appear in a Stephen King Novel

It seems we’ve been immortalized in a Stephen King novel, of all places. In Chapter VIII, part 5 of his novel, Lisey’s Story, the band is first mentioned:

Lisey brushed the surface of the photograph with the tips of her fingers, slipping them across the people they’d been back at SCOTT AND LISEY, THE BEGINNING! and found she could even remember the name of the band from Boston (The Swinging Johnsons, pretty funny) and the song to which they had danced in front of their friends: a cover of “Too Late to Turn Back Now,” by Cornelius Brothers and Sister Rose.

Then, on the next page, it continues:

At some point the clouds had broken open and the room had been flooded with windy moonlight. In that light she had at last fallen asleep. The next day, a Sunday, they had driven through countryside that was reverting back from winter to fall, and less than a month later they had been dancing to The Swinging Johnsons: “Too Late to Turn Back Now.”

And finally, in Chapter XVI, part 10, King brings us back:

…In her mind she could hear The Swinging Johnsons playing “Too Late to Turn Back Now” and feel Scott’s hand as he led her out onto the floor.

Copyright 2006 Stephen King

Anyway, we’re guessing the horror-meister was at one of the Maine weddings we did over the years, and was nice enough to mention us by name. Thanks, Stephen, and all of our friends and fans who were nice enough to let us know about it.

Swinging Johnsons Tee-Shirts Available

We have new band tee-shirts with a ‘taken for granite” theme, available in black. See Chris, Chris, Dave, and Perry forever enshrined on Mount Rushmore!

Back of shirt

Front of shirt

Men’s tees are Anvil brand, 100% pre-shrunk heavyweight cotton, and are available in men’s sizes M,L, XL, and XXL. Women’s are American Apparel brand, 100% fine jersey cotton, available in women’s M, L, and XL; their sizing runs a little on the small side.

Shirts are $20 each plus $5 shipping and handling in the continental US. You can pay by personal or bank check or by Paypal. Please email Chris at to order one. Let him know which payment method you’ll use, and he’ll send you the info to send payment. They are also usually available at the gigs. Email Chris if you want to be sure we bring one for you.

Chris Marsh featured at Fodera Guitars

Chris Marsh was a featured artist on the website of Fodera Guitars, endorsing their base guitars.


Here’s the original blurb about Chris from Fodera’s “Friends of the Family” feature.

As bassist/vocalist for Boston institution The Swinging Johnsons, Chris Marsh has averaged over 200 gigs a year since the band’s inception in 1993. All that work has allowed Chris to amass an enviable collection of Foderas.

I have about ten of them at any given time. There’s nothing I like more than picking up a different model and seeing where it takes me. Each one seems to have its own unique voice. I don’t think I could even begin to pick one as my favorite.

There seems to be a perception out there that only jazz-fusion virtuosos play these basses. Well, you’re never going to see me giving a clinic at a NAMM show. I’m just a journeyman full-time musician who buys and appreciates top-quality gear, and when it comes to basses, that means Fodera. My band my straddle the line between art and commerce, but having the best gear makes it that much easier to get up there 3 to 4 night a week and make that magic happen.