A masterful guitarist who can pull off some amazing stunts with such incredible nonchalance that he doesn’t seem quite human. — Bruce Viland, Chicago Daily Tribune
Johnson’s so-cool approach to vocals and cerebral approach to lyrics are a welcome balance to the overwrought delivery of so many artists. — Billboard Magazine
A classically trained guitarist, an off-Broadway actor, an ex-member of the Chad Mitchell Trio, an artist whose credits encompass two #1 Country hits, a #1 Pop hit and a #1 R&B song. Actually, all of the above describes just one musician. His name is Michael Johnson. He has no plans to put on a cowboy hat, affect an accent, wear one glove or be anyone but himself. Moreover, he is “The” Michael Johnson, and he has performed and lived more music and recorded more hits than you would imagine. His voice immediately identifies him as the man who sings “Bluer Than Blue,” “Give Me Wings,” “That’s That,” “This Night Won’t Last Forever” and other landmark songs. His music shows a diversity, depth and heart that only come from years of dedication to a labor of love.
When asked what he would have you know about himself, Michael says, “Tell them that I love it.” He started playing at age thirteen and just never quit. Singing, playing, writing and recording are the only things he’s ever done, and he loves it.
“I am a soloist at heart.” Michael often performs alone, and he has elevated the art. He prefers the intimacy and spontaneity of a show that can change with the moment.
“Tell them I’m a showman. I like to talk to people and I love to make them laugh. And, of course, I have to move them with the music. That’s the whole thing. Without that, there is no reason to be on stage.”
Michael’s music and concerts have taken him all over the world. He has performed many times in Spain, Japan, Holland, Switzerland, the Philippines, Alaska and elsewhere. Among the artists whom Michael is proudest to have appeared with are Judy Collins, George Carlin, Vince Gill, Roger Miller, Bill Monroe, John McGloughlin, Josh White Sr., Cheryl Wheeler, David Sanborn, Wynonna, Trisha Yearwood, Andy Kaufman, Jennifer Warnes and many others.
What one remembers of Michael is the texture of his voice, the meaning of the lyric and the music of the guitar – singer, song and sound. And the feeling of being at home with a friend.
A dazzling guitarist and wonderfully expressive singer. No two shows are alike. — Billboard Magazine
Advance Tickets will be available four weeks prior to the show, and any remaining tickets will be available at the door the night of the show.