Newsletter Lee Johnson Songs
Hi Friends, and happy fall! This newsletter has some info about upcoming shows, some artist cuts I have had recently with my songwriting, and as always you are invited to check out my music online for FREE! Here is the skinny:
Lee Johnson Songs Upcoming Shows:
Coming up Tues, 11/8 (election day) what better way to celebrate than come on out to the Upslope Brewing CO at Flatirons Park Location in Boulder, at 1898 S. Flatiron Court Boulder, CO 80301. I play solo acoustic, from 6-8pm!
Later this month, I’ll also be at Longs Peak Pub, and Gold Hill Inn. You can see my complete list of upcoming shows here: http://leejohnsonsongs.com/calendar/
You may have noticed I was playing a ton of shows this summer, 3-4 x a week, about 50-60 shows this summer. However I have been forced to scale things back a little. After recovering from 2 separate bouts of pneumonia Jan-Mar, and Apr-June of 2016, I thought I was ready to roll again. However, I have suffered a torn bicep tendon and rotator cuff in my right shoulder. This makes playing full shows pretty agonizing. Its hard to pick up a glass of water, tie my shoes, or shift gears in my stick shift truck. So playing a 3 hr show solo irritates my shoulder beyond belief. I did get a cortisone steroid shot and that is helping as is the much needed rest. I’m backing off for a while over this winter to try to rehab my shoulder. Expect to see a handful of shows a month, instead of a handful of shows a week. I want to be ready for next spring and summer season.
For you my friends and fans, this just means, ya gotta pick a show and come see it cause the next one might be a week or 3 away! Moving On…
Some recent good news about my songwriting: My song “Numbered” written with buddy Mitch Townley has been cut 3x now, by artists Southern Drawl Band, Brad Puckett and now artist Billy Kelly. Billy also cut our song “Every Shade of Beautiful” written with Mitch and Andy Wills who’s signed at Sony/ATV last year. Congrats Andy! My song “I’ve Already Fallen” written with Annalise Williams, was cut by Swiss artist Seven Loons http://sevenloons.ch. While at Durango Expo in Oct, I wrote a song with artist Hannah Richardson and Max Mcgee, that Hannah is releasing called “I Cant Love You Anymore”. My co writer Lorrie Caplan and I have several cuts coming out with Pop duo sensation AM/FM, starting with their release of our song “Dancin’ On The Edge”, and several more of our songs pending! Our song “Cant Put You Down” co written with Max Mcgee and Scott Miller has been cut 3x now with artists, David Dykins 2016, Kenny Scharlatt 2015, James Keenan Stewwart 2014. A song I wrote by myself years ago called “Back Porch Boogie” was cut by Swedish artist Nada Cowboys. This is a pretty good list, considering I was out of commission from Jan-June with pneumonia! There are more cuts and info, Im trying my best to keep track, you can get the full scoop here: http://leejohnsonsongs.com/biography/
As mentioned, you are always welcome to head to my site and check out music for FREE: http://leejohnsonsongs.com, see calendar, bio, social media links, email list and more. Help me spread the word and turn your friends on to whats happening too! I hope to see you at one of my shows coming up soon!
Lee Johnson Biography and Discography:
Lee Johnson is an award winning singer/songwriter, musician/producer. Lee’s songs won 1st Place in June 2016 Akademia Music Awards for Best Country Rock Song, 1st Place in Richard Leigh Songwriter Fest May 2016, and 1st and 2nd Place in Durango Songwriters Expo “WWAHM” Feb 2014! Lee’s song “How We Roll” aired on ABC’s “Nashville” 12/4/13. Lee’s songs won 1st Place in “Show Me the Music” Nov 2013, 1st Place “Smokey Mnt Songwriter Fest” Aug 2013, 1st Place in SongU “Golden Ticket” May 2013, Broadjam’s Date with a Publisher April 2012, 1st Place “Hillbilly Culture” June 2012, 1st Place NSAI “Hitsville” April 2011 and 1st Place Durango Songwriters Expo “WWAHM” Feb 2010. These are different songs with different co writers.
Results have included song deals with Major Label Publishers, and co writes with Hit Writers.
Lee has also secured several other film tv placements with recordings made in his protools studio at home, some signed through Taxi. Lee has been making regular trips to Nashville and LA, for 10 years. Lee has 20 yrs FT music instruction experience, and 25 years of performances. Lee is Coordinator for N. CO NSAI. Lee toured nationally, released 2 CD’s with “Runaway Truck Ramp” 1998-2003. See “Rolling Stone” Sept 1999. Lee opened for “Peter Rowan”, “Tony Rice”, “John Cowan of Newgrass Revival”, “Leftover Salmon”, “String Cheese Incident”, “Yonder Mountain String Band”, “Derek Trucks”, “Moe” and more! http://www.leejohnsonsongs.com http://www.reverbnation.com/leejohnsonsongs http://www.facebook.com/leejohnsonsongs and social media @leejohnsonsongs
Lee was signed to a non exclusive publishing deal with “Lyric House” in Denver CO in 2014-2015, with focus on film tv placements. http://www.lyrichouseco.com Lyric House has now closed its Denver office and moved to LA.
Lee’s songs have been pitched by several Nashville publishers including ole, Hori Pro, Zavitson and Green Hills Music. Partial list of co-writers include staff writers and artists Jeff Silbar, Brice Long, Bucky Jones, John Pardi, Andy Wills, Frank Maroney, Dan Demay, Dillon Charmichael, Nancy Faber and more.
–“How We Roll” placed in ABC Hit TV Show “Nashville”
(episode before season finale Dec 2013)
–“How We Roll” cut by Artist “Greg Knight”
–This Feels Good” single cut by Artist “Lost Highway” album “This Feels Good”
–“High Heels” cut by Ottowa Idol Winner, Artist Ally Mayson Album “High Heels”
–“Numbered” cut by Artist Brad Puckett
–“Numbered” cut by Artist Southern Drawl Band
–“Back Porch Boogie” cut by Swiss Artist “Nada Cowboys”
–“Fragile” and other home produced tracks, placed on cable TV show Animal Planet
–Other cuts and holds pending
–Runaway Truck Ramp released 2 full length CD’s
–Lee was featured on several artist CD projects as guitarist, dobro, lap steel player.
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!