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All the while, he worked on his music and made contacts in Nashville.One of those early contacts was Greg Perkins, a former fiddle player for Tanya Tucker.“I write music I’m inspired to write,” says Johnson.“I’m always trying to find words that have meaning to me.In addition to a successful solo career — which has seen Johnson release five critically acclaimed albums, including 2008’s platinum breakthrough, “That Lonesome Song” — his work has long earned the respect of the genre’s masters, with everyone from Willie Nelson to Merle Haggard cutting his songs.Johnson has also enjoyed a fruitful association with George Strait, who recorded a pair of Johnson’s cuts on his most recent studio album, as well as the 2006 Johnson co-write "Give It Away," which went onto win both the ACM and CMA Song of the Year awards.
A life-long musician and performer, this former Marine first made his name in Music City as a songwriter.
Born on July 14, 1975, in Enterprise, Alabama, and raised in nearby Montgomery, Johnson was heavily influenced as a kid by the musical legends of his home state—Hank Williams, Vern Gosdin, Alan Jackson and Alabama. Johnson grew up poor, but music was always a part of his family’s life.
His first real taste of performing in front of people was when he and his father got up in church and sing gospel.
1 Billboard country hit, which handed Strait the all-time chart record.
Adkins recorded and released a couple more Johnson songs, including “I Got My Game On” (No.