He is 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.
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. He immediately found himself absorbed into the beating heart of Music City. Become in-demand session player, and also frequently collaborating, co-writing songs with, and co-producing albums with country music royalty, John Carter Cash. John 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: www.justinjohnsonlive.com)
Here is what Justin writes about this song:
There’s something dark and eerie about the tone of this old Dobro Duolian resonator… it always sounds like it was just pulled out of the swamp. I picked it up today, and started a slow rhythm on the bass string, with my foot tapping on a tambourine, and this melody began to snake it’s way out. Most of the time when I am writing new songs, all it takes is grabbing the right guitar for the moment, and listening to it until the song comes out.
When I recorded this, I set one mic up to capture the acoustic sound of the resonator and the tambourine on the floor, and then ran a direct signal from the guitar into my recorder. In Protools, I used the Tonality Howard Benson Plugin Suite from STL Tones to get the reverb, delay, and amp tones that really set the mood off and give the song the final tonal magic it was looking for.