WHEN talking to the lead singer of Twisted Wheel, Jonny Brown, a film popped into my head as for me it summed up everything he was telling me.

It could be said in some way, to capture his essence and this 32-year-old's love of music.

The imagery was crystal clear and the film I thought of was The Shawshank Redemption.

The reason is one of the things which has been a lifejacket throughout Jonny's turbulent rollercoaster life has been music.

He has faced his rock 'n' roll demons through drugs. While the music lead him towards a path of destruction, it also brought him back and was in the end his saving grace.

It has been his hope.

Hence the Shawshank Redemption, in which Andy Dufresne said: "Remember Red, hope is a good thing, maybe the best of things, and no good thing ever dies."

Replace the word hope with music and that is what kept Jonny alive.

Even when he was in rehab having treatment to get off opiates, he was listening to early Leonard Cohen albums 24 hours a day.

He said: "Music means everything to me, everything. It has provided me with the best times in my life and certain songs remind me of some of the happiest times in my life.

"Music has kept my brain occupied and I have spent hours listening to vinyl records in my shed and remembering playing That's Entertainment of stage with Paul Weller and touring with Oasis."

The last 10 years have been in Jonny's own words an 'emotional rollercoaster'.

He said: "It has been an emotional rollercoaster to the point of extremes where I felt things I never knew existed.

"There were low points like my personal life was so messed up to the point where I did not have anywhere to live.

"But there were some really good times like being on stage with Paul Weller.

"I have learnt that even though I am struggling financially I sill do it for the love of music."

Thus love of music blossomed a decade a go when Twisted Wheel were born in Saddleworth in 2008.

The band were fronted by Jonny Brown, and exploded on the indie rock scene with anthems as ‘Oh what have you done‘ ‘She’s a Weapon’ ‘Lucy The Castle’ and ‘You stole the Sun’.

The band broke up on 13 July 2014, but reformed in December 2017.

As a result of getting back together Twisted Wheel are out on the road this time with the 'Jonny Guitar' tour.

The title of the tour, Jonny Guitar does for you eagle eyed film spotters does get its inspiration from the 1954 film Johnny Guitar starring Joan Crawford as Vienna and Sterling Hayden as Johnny Guitar (Johnny Logan).

Jonny said he wrote the song having heard of the film but not having watch it, but since writing and recording the song he has seen the film.

He said the film was about a reformed gunslinger and he was a reformed musician.

Twisted Wheel will be playing a gig in Somerset on November 17, at the Shiiine Weekender in Minehead.

Tickets at skiddle.com