About this project
Justin Johnson is grabbing his guitars for another studio album! We've spent the last month in the Southwest, playing guitars over the Rio Grande, along the Turquoise Trail, up the Sandia-Manzano Mountain Range, and out into the endless horizons of New Mexico. The locations have inspired a Spanish, Southwestern, Flamenco flair to Justin's Signature Blues.
Turquoise Trail is going to be the sound of the dusty desert, Southwestern skies, wild western gunfights, and hot sultry nights in the Spanish Cantina! Justin is hand-selecting guest artists to fill out the sound with fiery percussion, Mariachi-inspired horns, and more!
We couldn't wait to get into the studio and start laying down the new sound, so we spent a day at The Kitchen Sink Studio in Santa Fe, and have more studio time lined up in Albuquerque. When we get back to Nashville, we'll bring the guest artists in, and finish the album up at Cash Cabin Studio, where Justin recorded his last two albums, If Walls Could Talk and Drivin' It Down.
With the changing climate of today’s music business, record labels are no longer necessary for independent artists to produce a project of this magnitude.. in fact the “business” of a label, with it’s focus on the financial bottom line, can often have the unfortunate effect of controlling and squelching the art. We have chosen to remain free from those ties, so that we can produce music that is solely informed by the artistic inspiration and process. What that means is that, in this new age of crowd-sourced funding, we depend on YOU, the Music Fans, to make it possible to cover the costs of bringing this album to life.
The costs that a record label would normally cover include studio time, studio & guest musician fees, recording, mixing, mastering, duplication, printing, shipping, marketing, distribution, licensing fees, promotions, and more. In addition, this album will be mastered for vinyl, cut, plated, pressed, and printed, shipped, and distributed for release on vinyl. In this new age of digital communication and social media, it is now possible for us, as artists, to share the vision with you and cover those expenses by organizing pre-orders of the album, and other fun incentives, like hand-built guitars, signature products, one-of-a-kind packages, and other great rewards.
Check out the column to the right, to choose from the awesome rewards we're offering for your support!
Nashville-based Roots Blues and Americana artist Justin Johnson has been hailed by Guitar World as a “must-see act,” lauded as an “American Master” by John Carter Cash, a “musical visionary” by Ted Nugent, had his "funk" praised by Bootsy Collins, and had his musical approach described as “timeless” by North Mississippi Allstar frontman Luther Dickinson. He has been recognized as Slidestock International Slide Guitar Champion, and his original music has been licensed to Wieden & Kennedy, Dodge Motor Co, Ken Burns, Florentine Films, and the list keeps growing. Justin Johnson blurs the lines between the traditional and the cutting edge, taking current day music back to it’s roots and keeping the blues alive.
•Justin Johnson has toured the world as a performing musician throughout mainland Australia and Tasmania, Europe, The United Kingdom, and coast to coast in North America.
•Justin Johnson's original song "Midnight at the Crossroads," from his Smoke & Mirrors double album, was licensed to Florentine Films for Ken Burns' documentary film "Jackie Robinson."
•"In the Pines" from Smoke & Mirrors was licensed to the one of the largest independently owned ad agencies in the world, Wieden + Kennedy, for the "Dodge Brothers" national ad campaign for Dodge Motor Company.
•"Grinnin in Your Face" from Smoke & Mirrors is featured on NPR Back Porch Music's "Best of Back Porch Music Vol. 18: Old Enough to Know Better" 2015 Compilation Album.
•Justin Johnson is founder of Roots Music School in Nashville, TN. Under this umbrella, he has released an Instructional Series currently consisting of 5 DVDs and a book on Roots Music technique and theory. As Roots Music School founder, Justin Johnson has partnered with educators across the country to develop Roots Music curriculum for schools.
GUEST ARTISTS ON THE ALBUM WILL BE SELECTED AS WE GO, AND AS A SUPPORTER THROUGH THIS KICKSTARTER, YOU WILL BE THE FIRST TO KNOW WHO'S COMING ABOARD!
Here's a pic of some Justin Johnson Signature 3-String Guitars, 4-String Guitars, & 1-String Diddley Bows Rewards!
If you want to take one home for yourself, select one of the guitar rewards along the right side of the screen!
We have ONLY ONE Custom "Estornino" 6-String Electric Guitar to offer as Reward. This guitar is handmade by Little Crow Guitars. It's innovative 4-way toggle switch set up makes it an incredibly versatile guitar, with a wide pallet of tonal options that you can rarely get from a single electric guitar. Grab it before it's gone!
We have ONLY ONE Custom Whiskey Barrel 6-String Electric Guitars to offer as Reward. This guitar is handmade by Big D's Guitars, and will be modeled after the one Justin Johnson is recording and touring with. Grab it before it's gone! :)
You can also pick up a Justin Johnson Signature 3-String Shovel Guitar as a Reward. It even comes with the brand new Justin Johnson Signature Guitar Slide and a "Slide Technique for 3-String Guitar" Instructional DVD to get you going!
YOU CAN COUNT ON US TO DELIVER ABOVE & BEYOND! CHECK OUT WHAT WE ACCOMPLISHED WITH OUR LAST KICKSTARTER FUNDRAISING EFFORTS!
We asked for your support, you gave above and beyond what we asked for, so we went above and beyond with the product every time! Check those projects out at the following links:
Justin Johnson's Drivin' It Down Double Album Set
Justin Johnson's newest full-band Double Album, Recorded at Cash Cabin and Co-Produced by Chuck Turner and Rock and Roll Hall-of-Famer Bootsy Collins.
Justin Johnson's If Walls Could Talk CD/DVD SetJustin Johnson's CD/DVD Set, Recorded at Cash Cabin and Produced by 5x Grammy Award winner John Carter Cash and Chuck Turner. www.justinjohnsonlive.com/if-walls-could-talk-cd---dvd-set.html
Justin Johnson's Smoke & Mirrors Double Album Set Justin Johnson's debut Double Album Box Set. Smoke & Mirrors: a celebration of the past, present, and future of American Roots instruments www.justinjohnsonlive.com/smoke---mirrors-double-album.html
Justin Johnson's Instructional Roots Music DVD Series Roots Music According to Justin Johnson: 3-String Guitar
Roots Music According to Justin Johnson: One-String Diddley Bow
Roots Music According to Justin Johnson: Slide Guitar for 4-string
Roots Music According to Justin Johnson: Slide Technique for 3-String Guitar
Roots Music According to Justin Johnson: Slide Technique 6-string Guitar in Standard Tuning
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REALLY IMPORTANT KICKSTARTER DETAILS:
You will NOT be charged until we meet our goal of $20k. If we do not reach our goal, we will not receive any money and you will NOT be charged.
If we reach our goal of $20k, you will be charged for what you pledged and the items you purchased will be shipped to you by the estimated delivery date listed in the description. Every pledge is rewarded from the smallest to the largest. Please view the sidebar to see what you can get for helping us breathe life into this project!
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