Founded in the early 1990's by original members Shelly Blackman (vocals), Dave Traut (guitar), and Andrew Westfahl (bass), Johnnycake (formerly known as Cornbred) was an L.A. band from the West Side.
For nearly a decade the band's crowd-pleasing mixture of Funk, Rock and Pop-Groove was a staple on the LA music scene. On any given night you could catch them at such notable clubs as Luna Park, Viper Room, and Fais Do-Do to name a few. Even though you might see them (with 200 screaming fans) on a Tuesday night at the Troubadour, the group considered Rusty's Surf Ranch in Santa Monica their home club where they would play several gigs each month honing new material before showcasing in the Hollywood clubs. An all original band, Cornbred was well known for their bluesy rendition of The Beatles "Drive My Car" which was the only song they covered. In the mid '90's, they were forced to change their name when the group "Korn" threatened a lawsuit. As a result of some major label interest, the band recorded the songs listed here in the late '90's. Favorable responses to the pop-friendly "Mr. Nemesis" and "Song For You", along with the R&B flavored "Strangers" came as no surprise to the band, but these tunes were a departure from their core sound of hard driving funk/rock/groove. This caused the band to re-think their direction and they decided to take a hiatus from performing and concentrate on solo projects. The group officially disbanded in 2000.