Lee Johnson Singer/Songwriter
Hi friends, here is my new blog page.
I look forward to posting info here for readers who are interested to know more about who I am, what I do, and other related info. If you found my blog, you probably know about other places to find me but just in case, here is some of that info:
Main Site: http://www.leejohnsonsongs.com
Reverb Nation: http://www.reverbnation.com/leejohnsonsongs
Facebook Page: http://www.facebook.com/leejohnsonsongs
Yes Im trying to figure out how to get my Google+ page a custom URL. When I do I will update for sure!
If I add other social media, you get the idea, leejohnsonsongs is me.
I play local and regional shows which you can find on my calendar at either reverbnation or website.
Here is the website link: http://leejohnsonsongs.com/calendar/
Here is the website link to check out music: http://leejohnsonsongs.com/music/
For booking info here is my EPK: https://www.reverbnation.com/rpk/leejohnsonsongs
My website says I play “American Music” which to me is a blend of all my favorite influences.
Growing up I took piano lessons around age 8, and started playing guitar around age 11, and by teenage years, I learned mostly Classic Rock stuff in no particular order, like Paul Simon, Neil Young, Grateful Dead, Beatles, The Who, The Kinks, The Rolling Stones, Led Zeppelin, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Allman Brothers, and some Harder Rock, bands like Van Halen, Rush, Ozzy, Judas Priest, and Black Sabbath. Im surely missing a bunch. I was in various bands, with kids in the neighborhood. We were loud!
In my college days I really started digging in to studying my guitar heros: Eric Clapton, Carlos Santana, Jerry Garcia, Mark Knophler, Chet Adkins, Keith Richards, Stevie Ray Vaughn, in the rock world, and many others. These are also not in any order, just random.
I went to music school and studied Jazz Guitar, and Music Technology, and also more progressive stuff. Way too many more influences to list by this point. I also did some classical. And Piano, voice, and general training, like music theory, music business.
I had a bluegrass spell and learned tons of bluegrass fiddle tunes, and some old swing. Way too many influences to list.
I played in lots of bands around Colorado in those days, and started touring nationally with most notably “Runaway Truck Ramp” among others. We opened for some decent acts, and had lots of fun for sure. Some of the acts we opened for include Peter Rowan, Tony Rice, John Cowan, Leftover Salmon, String Cheese Incident, Yonder Mountain String Band, Derek Trucks, Moe, and many more!
After a while, I realized although I had come a long way with my musicianship, my songwriting skills weren’t as developed as I wanted. I wanted to learn more about songwriting so I started making trips to Nashville. The bar for songwriting as well as musicianship is very high in Nashville as the worlds greatest all live there. I have learned a ton of song craft now and feel like my craft equals or surpasses my musicianship. Some of the writers I have learned a lot from, either directly through boot camp, songwriting seminars, classes and workshops, for example through NSAI, or just generally from studying and learning their songs include but not limited to: Jeffery Steele, Casey Beathard, Anthony Smith, Phil O’Donnell, Shane McAnally, Josh Osborne, Luke Laird, Barry Dean, Rhett Akins, Dallas Davidson. Some hit writers I’ve been fortunate to write songs with include Jeff Silbar, Brice Long, Bucky Jones, Dan Demay. I’ve also written with many upcoming artists in Nashville. I know Im missing a bunch of names forgive me! Some of the best songwriting instructors I had actual classes with include Steve Seskin, Jason Blume, Ralph Murphy, Pat Pattison, Alan Roy Scott and again Im sure Im missing a bunch of these also. Some of the resources are NSAI, SongU, SongtownUSA, Barbara Cloyds Workshop, and others.
This is just a brief synopsis of my journey as a musician and songwriter, but I hope you enjoy! I look forward to connecting, and sharing more info soon!