from the new CD “Sunday Sessions” written by Ronnie Johnson and recorded live at BuddyRoe’s Shrimp Shack.
Low country singer songwriter and guitarist Ronnie Johnson falls somewhere in between on that road to notoriety. For over three decades the Valdosta, Georgia native has been wowing audiences with his mix of original and cover songs, playing from Antarctica to South America and from South Carolina to merry old England. Ronnie’s resume is seasoned with gigs and jam sessions that would make other budding artists envious.
Ronnie has shared the stage with the Rock n’ Roll Hall of Famer Chuck Berry, and opened for many big name entertainers including the ageless and legendary Tom Jones. Throughout his lifetime Ronnie has jammed with the who’s who of session musicians and counts fellow guitarist Jeff Cook, founding member of Alabama as a close friend.
A gifted songwriter, Ronnie did taste success on the Billboard Top 100. Back in 1986 his original composition ‘For Old Times Sake’ recorded by Jerry Naylor peaked at #75. Naylor a rockabilly and country singer, garnered success two decades earlier as the lead singer of the newly reformed Crickets, Buddy Holly’s former back up band.
It was during his college days at Belmont University in the late 1970’s that Ronnie’s career path would begin to take shape. Known for its school of music, Belmont University is located in the heart of Nashville, Tennessee, aka Music City. As any hungry musician would do, Ronnie took advantage of his locale.
Young Ronnie found part time work days singing demos for $15 a pop, working the club scene at night plying his trade. Along the way he forged lifetime kinships and memories of sharing the recording studio with the likes of music legends Conway Twitty and Charlie Daniels.
Ronnie’s resume is intact and his performances especially throughout greater Charleston are noteworthy. A masterful musician and a skilled entertainer Ronnie oftentimes plays private gigs, from corporate functions to weddings, and has been known to lend his talents to many worthwhile festivals and events in the low country.
Singer, songwriter, musician, restaurateur, business & family man, Ronnie wears many hats, all of which he is proud of. But one title Ronnie admits best describes the man, that of all around entertainer. Ronnie Johnson was born to entertain and those who have witnessed for themselves will surely attest to that.