Bill Johnson began playing the guitar when he was 9
years old. Records by Hank Williams, Elvis Presley,
The Rolling Stones, and
Eric Clapton, were his early
influences, but Bill remembers: "Chuck Berry
was the one that did it for me. Chuck made me want to play guitar".
Bill became a working musician early and spent most of his teens making
music. He began to study the likes of B.B. King,
Elmore James, and
T-Bone Walker: " These guys knocked me
out. I was immediately hooked on their rhythm and phrasing". During the
90's Bill Johnson played in the Sidewalk Blues Band with world famous
slide guitarist Doug Cox, before forming his very own The Bill Johnson
Blues Band in 1993. Early engagements those years included opening for
Delbert McClinton. In 1996, and
again in 2009, Bill played with Grammy-award winning Donald Ray Johnson
and was featured prominently on his recordings. Bill has continued his
education with stints as sideman to the likes of
Son Seals, Cash McCall.
In 2006 Bill was nominated for a Maple Blues Award by the Toronto Blues
Society for his CD Live, confirming his stature as one of the countries
top performers. In 2007 he released the Work Songs CD surprising
everyone with his talents playing solo acoustic blues guitar. Now in
2010 Bill's breakout cd is here. "Still Blue" is a masterwork of the
blues exemplifying his different abilities as a song writer, singer, and
probably to most versatile and amazing guitarist of the modern blues
genre. Bill Johnson has spent a lifetime immersing himself in the Blues.
He's a master of the form and live is a blast of majestic Blues power.