Andy Johnson enjoys bringing the Southern soul

Born and raised in middle Georgia where Southern rock roots run deep, singer, songwriter, and guitarist Andy Johnson brings an eclectic bluesy sound with a soulful Southern twist. 

Like many Southern artists, Johnson says his musical interest began while attending 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 fronted and toured extensively in the southeast with his band “Royal Johnson” for four years and they released two albums and two EPs before breaking up in 2019. 

“The co-founder of the band passed away,” Johnson said. “I tried to keep it going for a little while but shortly after that I ended it. Then Covid hit so it hindered putting another band together. So, I kinda just stayed home and wrote these acoustic songs and spent a good part of a year recording them.”

In April of 2021, Johnson released his first solo album titled “Help Yourself.”

“I don’t have a method to my songwriting, I just go with it,” he noted. “Sometimes the music will come first, sometimes the words come first, sometimes it’s just an idea that marinates for a long time before the song comes out. I’ve written several songs about books I’ve read, different experiences in the outdoors…I try to draw inspiration from a lot of places.”

Johnson says he also doesn’t classify his music as any one particular genre.

“I listen to all kinds of music. I really love late 60s and early 70s rock. The Allman Brothers Band and the Marshall Tucker Band are huge influences for me. But I also love more traditional country as well and I’m a huge fan of 90s alternative rock. I think once in a while you can hear all of those things in my music and when I sit down to write I don’t try to write any particular type of song so it ends up being a blend.”

Johnson added that he has a few other projects up his sleeve.

“I’ve actually recently recorded a couple of songs that are going to 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’ve recorded my part so I’m just waiting for them to finish it up on their end. We should be making some announcements pretty soon.”

In addition to touring as a solo act, Johnson also plays guitar and sings for the middle Georgia Allman Brothers Tribute group “The Restless Natives.”

“This month is the 50th anniversary of their ‘Eat a Peach’ album so we’re doing a couple of shows in Macon before I hit the road and do my solo stuff. Then, I’ll be playing in Brunswick and Bluffton before coming to Savannah!”

Johnson will perform at Jazz’d Tapas Bar on Sat., Feb 19 at 7:30 p.m. For more information visit jazzdtapasbar.com or check out the artist at andyjohnsongeorgiamusic.com


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