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North Meets South to perform at Packer Jam, HoDo

John Johnson and Joie Sherman Johnson

When North Dakota native Joie Sherman Johnson and her husband, John Johnson, take the stage at the HoDo on Sunday night, it will mark an important milestone in the couple's musical careers.

Six months ago, they chose to leave their corporate jobs in Washington, D.C. (Sherman Johnson worked for the New York Stock Exchange, Office of Government Affairs and Johnson worked for the United State Department of Agriculture) to pursue their music, setting up shop in Oklahoma.

Together, they make up the Americana duo "North Meets South," and are eager to share their music with the F-M community. "We couldn't be more excited for this show," Sherman Johnson said. "After living out east for three years, our regard for our hometowns and for the wonderful people who call this area home, only grew."

While the band plays both original material and cover songs, Sherman Johnson said that she's looking forward to sharing some new originals with her fellow northerners. "John and I recently penned a song called 'The Last of Me,' and it's really an anthem of sorts for the North Dakota/Minnesota lifestyle that I'm so proud of."

Also inspired by the area is a song called 'Prairie Waltz,' a lyrical acoustic ballad that captures the beauty of the prairie life and landscape. "There will be something for everyone at the show," Johnson added. "We have a lot of energy for just two people, and you can expect to hear our own songs coupled with the likes of Adele, Led Zeppelin and Johnny Cash, just to name a few. It's an eclectic repertoire, but we try to infuse our own individual style into many different genres."

It's been an exciting leap for these two and they are eagerly looking forward to see what the next sixth months will have in store for them. "We ended our corporate careers on a musical note," said Sherman Johnson, "playing at the NYSE tree lighting ceremony on Wall Street and ringing the closing bell at the New York Stock Exchange the next day. Now, our career consists of many musical notes, and it's been a blessing to write and perform together. We figured that life is too short not to pursue our dreams, and so far, we're not regretting that decision." One suspects that those who see them perform this weekend will feel the same way.

You can catch a preview of their HoDo performance at the West Fargo Packer Jam in Horace at The Center on Friday, Sept. 14 at 8 p.m., or see their full performance at the HoDo Lounge on Sunday, Sept. 16 at 8 p.m. Tickets for both events are $10 at the door.