A complete anomaly to the modern music scene, Justin Johnson has forged an iron-clad name for himself and developed a worldwide fanbase, all as an independent artist, with no label or industry support whatsoever.
Armed with nothing more than his own signature sound and a desire to connect every day with fans of that sound, Justin has created a Social Media following of well over a half-million fans on Facebook, a quarter-million subscribers on YouTube, and 30,000+ followers on Instagram.
Justin has been declared a “must-see act” by Guitar World, lauded as an “American Master” by John Carter Cash, and a “musical visionary” by Ted Nugent.. He has had his “funk” praised by Bootsy Collins, and his musical approach described as “timeless” by North Mississippi Allstar frontman Luther Dickinson. He has been recognized as Slidestock International Slide Guitar Champion, and his original music has been licensed to Wieden & Kennedy, Dodge Motor Co, Ken Burns, Florentine Films, the Discovery Channel, Animal Planet, PBS, scores of independent film, and the list keeps growing. When legendary filmmaker David Lynch was recently asked by Pitchfork Magazine what current musical artist he'd most like to work with, he cited Justin Johnson.
After touring non-stop for 5 years, playing shows every night of the week, for audiences from 10 to 10,000, and venues from rural dive bars to international festival stages, Johnson sprouted roots in Nashville, TN, and immediately found himself absorbed into the beating heart of Music City, as an in-demand session player, and also frequently collaborating, co-writing songs with, and co-producing albums with country music royalty, John Carter Cash, who has named Johnson as one of his favorite current artists.
Not only has John Carter Cash hand-selected Johnson to co-produce and perform on his own albums, but he also awarded him perhaps the highest honor a session musician could receive, by selecting Johnson to perform, and co-produce songs for, the second installation of “Johnny Cash: Forever Words” a project that joins previously unreleased lyrics from Johnny Cash with the music of A-list artists who share his independent spirit.
With his ability to shine in virtually any genre, Justin has shared a stage with a mind-blowing range of musicians, from Kris Kristofferson, Sheryl Crow, Ronnie Dunn, Victor Wooten, Jamey Johnson, and the Allman Brothers, to Bootsy Collins, Stevie Wonder, and more.
Always innovating and following his own sound while taking inspiration from the past, Justin Johnson blurs the lines between the traditional and the cutting edge, taking current day music back to it’s roots while blazing new sonic frontiers.
•Justin Johnson's original song "Midnight at the Crossroads," from his Smoke & Mirrors double album, was licensed to Florentine Films for Ken Burns' PBS documentary film "Jackie Robinson."
•"In the Pines" from Smoke & Mirrors was licensed to ad agency Wieden + Kennedy for the "Dodge Brothers" national ad campaign for Dodge Motor Company.
•"Grinnin in Your Face" from Smoke & Mirrors is featured on NPR Back Porch Music's "Best of Back Porch Music Vol. 18: Old Enough to Know Better" 2015 Compilation Album.
•First Place winner of Slidestock International Slide Guitar Championship
•Justin Johnson has toured the world as a performing musician throughout mainland Australia and Tasmania, Europe, the United Kingdom, and coast to coast in North America.
•Justin Johnson is founder of "Roots Music School" in Nashville, TN. Under this umbrella, he has released an Instructional Series currently consisting of 5 DVDs and a Book on Roots Music technique and theory. As Roots Music School founder, Justin Johnson has partnered with educators across the country to develop Roots Music curriculum for schools.