“for the LOVE of Music” with Sara Troy and her guest Justin Johnson, on air from February 28th
You have not heard guitar like this before, the blues sultry exuding out of each note, and the uniqueness of the guitars made from anything from a spade to oil cans, just shows you, that when you ARE the music you can make anything into music.
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’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.
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Justin Johnson is the 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.
Nashville-based Roots Blues and Americana artist Justin Johnson has been hailed by Guitar World as a “must-see act,” lauded as an “American Master” by John Carter Cash, and a “musical visionary” by Ted Nugent, 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, and the list keeps growing.
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 its roots and keeping the blues alive.
First Place winner of Slidestock International Slide Guitar Championship
Take a listen to some of his music