b. 21 February 1952, Charlotte, North Carolina, USA. Johnson grew up in Mountain City, Tennessee, but moved to Chicago in his teens. His mother taught him guitar and, inspired by Hank Williams, George Jones and Marty Robbins, Johnson gained his first professional experience, under an assumed name (he was under-age), singing in the honky tonks of Illinois. He has a fondness for country music with a gospel flavour and early in his career, he privately recorded two volumes calledSongs Of Reality, the majority of the numbers being self-penned. Operating from Fort Payne, Alabama, he continues to perform and achieved some success with the title track of his first Nashville-recorded album. A recent album of western swing and traditional country songs all composed by Buster Doss also attracted air play on European and Scandinavian country stations. His avowed intention is to preserve traditional country music for future generations and he has plans to develop a country music park on his farm in Mentone, Alabama. Not to be confused with the blues artist Larry Johnson.
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