In today’s music industry, it’s becoming increasingly rare for an independent artist to achieve mainstream success. However, Justin Johnson is a complete anomaly to this notion. Armed with his signature sound and a desire to connect with fans, Justin has developed a worldwide following of over a million fans, all without the support of any label or industry backing.
After years of touring non-stop, playing in venues ranging from rural dive bars to international festival stages, Johnson found his roots in Nashville, where he quickly became absorbed into the beating heart of Music City. He has become an in-demand session player, frequently collaborating, co-writing, and co-producing albums with country music royalty John Carter Cash, who has named Johnson as one of his favorite current artists.
With the ability to shine in virtually any genre, Justin Johnson has shared the 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. His talent for blurring the lines between traditional and cutting-edge music has earned him a reputation for taking current day music back to its roots while blazing new sonic frontiers.
As a blues guitarist, Justin Johnson’s sound is unique and unmistakable. His fingerpicking style is reminiscent of blues legends like Robert Johnson and Mississippi John Hurt, but his music also features elements of rock, folk, country, and even electronic music. Justin has an undeniable gift for taking the timeless sound of the blues and injecting it with a modern sensibility that makes it accessible to new audiences.
What sets Justin Johnson apart from many other blues guitarists is his willingness to experiment and push boundaries. He’s not content to simply regurgitate the same old blues licks – instead, he’s always looking for new ways to express himself and his music. This willingness to innovate has earned him a devoted following of fans who appreciate his fresh take on the blues and his commitment to creating music that is both authentic and exciting.
In a world where it’s increasingly difficult for independent artists to get noticed, Justin Johnson has proven that talent and dedication can still lead to success. With his unique sound, innovative approach to music-making, and loyal fanbase, he’s one of the most exciting blues guitarists on the scene today.
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This 3-String guitar from Joys Guitars was made out of an old empty Ammo Box, and when I took it out of the box I swear I heard it whisper “let’s play some ‘Gimme Back My Bullets’ by @SkynyrdOfficial!” The combo of this guitar and @HughesandKettneramps Black Spirit 200 floor amp made it easy to dial in some deep & dirty swamp rock tone. I added a Wild Dog Stomp foot pedal for a kick drum sound. I love the melodies in Skynyrd songs, and while the guitar riffs are what made me fall in love with their music, writing these fingerstyle arrangements has really made me appreciate how perfectly the melodies flow over the riffs and how catchy and organic they are. If you dig this arrangement, check out the “Four Walls of Raiford” and “Ballad of Curtis Loew” arrangements I recently posted.
TUNING: Open F# (F#-C#-F#)
• Joys Guitars Ammo Box Guitar: https://reverb.com/ca/shop/joys-guitars
• @HughesandKettneramps Black Spirit 200 Floor Amp
• CEntrance R4R Mixerface Mobile Recording Interface
• Wild Dog Stomp Stomp Boxyoutube