Andy Johnson is a writer, singer and guitarist from Upson County, Georgia, best known for his time spent fronting middle GA band Royal Johnson. He has worked with producers like Georgia and Alabama Music Hall-of-Famer Paul Hornsby, known for his work with the Marshall Tucker Band, Charlie Daniels, Wet Willie, and for performing in the Hour Glass; and John Keane, who made a name for himself in Athens by recording extensively with bands like R.E.M., Widespread Panic, and the Indigo Girls.
In 2017 Andy played guitar on the “What Left” album by R&B guitar legend Robert Lee Coleman (James Brown, Percy Sledge), and played frequently in his live band. He was also a member of the blues duo Dos Blues Guys, with Bennie Mobley (harmonica, vocals). The duo won the Atlanta Blues Challenge in consecutive years (2016-2017), twice representing the state of GA at the International Blues Challenge in Memphis.
Royal Johnson was his main songwriting vehicle from 2014-2019. Andy wrote the bulk of the songs on RJ’s two full-length albums and two EPs.
Co-bills in his career include The Doobie Brothers, Willie Nelson, Cowboy, Jimmy Hall, Stillwater, Jack Pearson, Randall Bramblett, Old Crow Medicine Show, The Avett Brothers, Greensky Bluegrass, The Steeldrivers, Drivin’ n’ Cryin’, Brent Cobb, Audley Freed, Infamous Stringdusters, Marcus King, Cody and Luther Dickinson, The Autumn Defense, Chris Knight, Turnpike Troubadours and Band of Heathens. Favorite festivals performed (some multiple times) include Tropic of Cancer Concert Series, Papa Joe’s Banjo-B-Que, GABBA Festival, Bragg Jam and Swamptown Getdown.