Born and raised in central Georgia, where Southern rock roots run deep, singer, songwriter, and guitarist Andy Johnson brings an eclectic bluesy sound with a Southern soul twist.
Like many Southern artists, Johnson says his interest in music began when he attended church throughout his youth.
“I didn’t grow up in a musical family, but we went to church when I was young and my church had a live band,” Johnson said. “By the time I reached high school, I started singing in the choir, but realized I was more interested in what the band was doing.”
Before launching his career as a solo artist, Johnson presented and toured extensively in the South East with his band “Royal Johnson” for four years and they released two albums and two EPs before splitting in 2019 .
“The band’s co-founder has passed away,” Johnson said. “I tried to keep going for a little while, but soon after that I was done. Then Covid hit which prevented another group from being created. So I kind of stayed on the sidelines. house and I wrote these acoustic songs and spent a good part of the year recording them.
In April 2021, Johnson released his first solo album titled “Help Yourself”.
“I don’t have a method for writing songs, I just go with it,” he noted. “Sometimes the music comes first, sometimes the words come first, sometimes it’s just an idea that matures long before the song comes out. I’ve written several songs about books I’ve read, different experiences outdoors… I try to draw inspiration from a lot of places.
Johnson says he doesn’t categorize his music into any particular genre either.
“I listen to all kinds of music. I really like late 60s and early 70s rock. The Allman Brothers Band and the Marshall Tucker Band are huge influences for me. But I also like more traditional country and I’m a big fan of 90s alternative rock. don’t try to write a particular type of song, so it ends up being a mix.
Johnson added that he has a few other projects up his sleeve.
“I actually recently recorded some songs that will be on an upcoming compilation album,” he said. “I can’t really say much more, but it’s going to be a compilation with me and some of my friends. I recorded my game so I’m just waiting for them to finish it on their side. We should be making announcements very soon.
In addition to touring solo, Johnson also plays guitar and sings for the central Georgia Allman Brothers Tribute band “The Restless Natives”.
“This month is the 50th anniversary of their ‘Eat a Peach’ album, so we’re doing a few gigs in Macon before I hit the road and do my solo stuff. Then I’ll play Brunswick and Bluffton before coming to Savannah!
Johnson will perform at Jazz’d Tapas Bar on Saturday, February 19 at 7:30 p.m. For more information, visit jazzdtapasbar.com or check out the artist at andyjohnsongeorgiamusic.com