John Otto Young is a Connecticut, USA keyboardist, musician, and songwriter.

He has been playing and recording in a number of projects over the last 6 decades.  As a weekend warrior, he co-founded the Center Street Band in 1989.  While they did some great cover music, they focused their efforts on songwriting and release two locally successful albums (both co-produced by John), “Reason for Living” (1993), and “Take You for a Ride” (1996).  Since 2011, John has been the keyboardist with Howard Eldridge (former vocalist with Matt ‘Guitar’ Murphy) and the Soul Potatoes, which also features 2016 BMA award nominee and Connecticut Blues Hall of Fame lifetime award inductee, Paul Gabriel.  In 1999, John had the honor of playing keys with Rock and Roll Hall of Fame member Hilton Valentine of the Animals and Rick Rivets, founding member of the New York Dolls.

Currently, John devotes most of his time to his music, including songwriting, recording, session work, and playing live with the Soul Potatoes and other acts.  As he puts it, “The best part of what I do now is collaborating with others.  Music is inspiring, and unlike myself, it never gets old”.   Sunset Tour, released in May 2019, is John’s debut solo album and represents a range of musical styles and influences that have infiltrated his brain for the last 60 plus years.  

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