Joe Johnson is a indie folk and South Soul artist from Memphis, TN. He regularly charms crowds with his purely Americana flare and authentic sound. "The man's a full show with nothing but a song and a guitar", says Jackson Daily. A night with Joe is a night of forgetting your problems and drifting into a special world that doesn't seem to exist in the day to day.
Joe grew up with a guitar in his hand, playing on porches, in churches, bars, busking, wherever. "Music has always been where I find connection, there's something magic about it," Joe said. It can heal us.
He splits his time between a regular performance schedule and sound design and composition for theatre. He also works hard to support fellow artist. He's a part of a Memphis collective of singer-songwriters.
Joe is looking forward to a stripped down acoustic album and expanding his connection and audience. Expect some regional touring and intimate house shows. Join the mailing list to keep up to date, or even host an event!
Off the Stage:
Joe spends time composing music for various events and projects. He works closely with writing partner and friend Kris Acklen He also works as a theatrical sound designer in the Memphis theatre scene. His works have been featured in New York and Memphis fashion weeks. His sound design have won numerous awards and nominations. Sarah Ruhl's Eurydice (2017, New Moon Theatre, Ostrander Award), Sarah Ruhl's The Clean House (2019, Theatre Memphis, nominated), as well as Simon Stephens' Heisenberg (TM, 2018, nominated).
He has worked closely with Vinnie Hines of ArtistCollect (a Chicago formed, now national artist collective) to build his career and help others build theirs.
Joe is dabbles in the visual arts to keep creative juices flowing. He and his wife Nichol live in Memphis, TN with Rufus the dog, and Harlow the cat.