My name is Dan Johnson and I live outside of Austin, Texas. I’m an accomplished, professional steel guitar player (both pedal and lap, plus dobro). I’ve spent many years in live music venues as well as being a veteran studio musician. I started my steel guitar career under the tutelage of Herb Remington, the well known steel guitar player for Bob Wills and the Texas Playboys.
I’ve received some outstanding reviews and critical praise on both my live performances, as well as my studio work and compositions.
(Some of my reviews):
2011 HonkyTonkJunkie Music Awards (“The Junkies”)
“In keeping with tradition I am naming the “my picks” for who I think should have won the Country Music Association (CMA) awards, the anti-CMA’s if you will, on the day after the awards were handed out. As usual, I have made up my own rules do don’t worry if something on here is more than a year old, they’re based on things I’ve discovered over the past year. With that, I give you “The Junkies”. Favorite Steel Guitar Performance: Dan Johnson. “I met Dan a few times when he was playing with Doug Moreland and again recently while he was playing with Jackson Taylor and the Sinners. My friends and I still talk about those performances and how we had never seen or heard anyone play a steel guitar the way Dan does. We didn’t even know you could play one like that. For lack of a better term, Dan makes that thing his bitch.”
More recently: http://www.savingcountrymusic.com/tag/jackson-taylor-the-sinners
This reviews my performance on the newest Jackson Taylor and the Sinners cd, “Crazy Again” which released in June 2013, and within a few weeks hit the Country Chart at Billboard at the number 69 position.
I’ve performed with the following artists (plus many others): Hank Williams III, John Evans, Jarrod Birmingham, Jackson Taylor and The Sinners, Lucky Tubb and Deke Dickerson, and Chadd Thomas and the Crazy Kings. I’ve also opened for such acts as Buck Owens, Willie Nelson, Billy Joe Shaver, Dwight Yoakum, and Junior Brown. I’ve completed three major European tours with Jackson Taylor and the Sinners and also with Lucky Tubb, which have given me additional exposure and helped to expand my European fan base. One of the songs that my pedal steel work was featured on is Wayne Garner’s “110% Full Throttle” which was featured on UFC 167 as Tim Elliot’s intro music as he entered the arena. I also just completed filming a “Live at Billy Bob’s” DVD for Jackson Taylor and the Sinners.
As of July 18th Dan will rejoin Hank Williams III .
I am currently playing lap steel with Hank Williams III http://www.hank3.com and playing pedal steel with Jackson Taylor and the Sinners http://www.jacksontaylorband.com
My current endorsements include:
GFI Pedal Steels @ http://www.gfimusicalproducts.com/Images/Players/Dan%20Johnson%20photos.htm
Strum n Comfort Thumb Picks @ http://www.strum-n-comfort.com
Qwikstix @ http://www.qwikstix.com/Users?DanJohnson.htm
Steelseat @ http://steelseat.com
My unique playing style pushes the steel guitar to everything from ‘80’s pop and heavy metal, to the sounds of the Far East, Rockabilly, Hawaiian, Jazz, Western Swing and all kinds of Country Music. I am a multi-instrumentalist…playing both pedal and lap steel (as well as electric guitar, acoustic guitar, baritone guitar, bass, dobro, mandolin, and sitar). I have completed my first solo steel guitar album which is currently distributed through Tunecore, and will soon record my second. I have been featured on various artists’ recordings and currently do a lot of independent studio work in Austin. I’ve also devoted time to working with buddies in the Wounded Warrior Program.