Justin Johnson played Lynyrd Skynyrd “Four Walls of Raiford” using Shot Glass
I’ve always loved this song, and especially appreciate the stripped-down, back porch arrangement that Lynyrd Skynyrd recorded, with just the vocals and the resonator slide guitar. I’ve gotten a few requests for it lately, and it seemed like a perfect song to record on the back porch, and a storm slowly moving in. I’ve been diggin’ using the shot glass as a slide lately, as it changes my technique slightly and forces me to think of the slide a little differently. Plus, I think they are the best sounding glass slides, since they have such thick walls, which increases the sustain and resonance over a traditional glass slide. …plus if you are ever playing at a bar, you know you’ve always got a slide on hand!
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 million fans.
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.
With his ability to shine in virtually any genre, Justin has shared a stage with a mind-blowing range of musicians, including Kris Kristofferson, Sheryl Crow, Ronnie Dunn, Victor Wooten, Jamey Johnson, The Allman Brothers, Bootsy Collins, Stevie Wonder, Will Lee, 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. (source:http://www.justinjohnsonlive.com)