Welcome To Damon Johnson’s Nightmare
Is it possible to have too much of a good thing? Birmingham, Alabama based singer, songwriter, guitarist, Damon Johnson doesn’t think so. In fact, he’s arguably music’s top juggling act. What might be a nightmare for some, is a way of life for Johnson, who loves staying busy and creative.
Aside from his solo career, Johnson has been with Alice Cooper’s band for much of the last several years, has ressurected his first notable band, Brother Cane, is working with Queensryche members in Slave To The System, fronted and recorded an EP with Red Halo (whom he still produces), and even co-founded a country band called Whiskey Falls.
In between all his other projects Johnson has written for and toured with various artists, and became the fifth member of the Damn Yankees for their never released third album. He’s seen his songs appear on records by Santana, Stevie Nicks, Skid Row, and recently Queensryche’s epic, American Soldier. He has also performed on recordings by Faith Hill, John Waite, Sammy Hagar, Ted Nugent, and even The Temptations.
In short, Damon Johnson may not be a household name among those who track the doings of rock stars, but among those rock stars he is a luminary in his own right. And that suits him just fine. As long as he’s making music and paying the bills, he’s content to be a quiet star.
In 2010, Johnson released his second solo effort, a singer/songwriter album titled, Release: A bluesy southern tinged platter. The album includes a cover of Alice Cooper‘s “Generation Landslide” (which Alice makes an appearance on), and two tracks sung by Damon’s daughter Sarah.
This year will see him back on the road with Alice Cooper for a spring/summer tour, followed by a fall/winter tour in support of Cooper’s Welcome 2 My Nightmare album, which reconnects Cooper with legendary producer Bob Ezrin.
Last week I had a chance to talk Damon about his past, present and future in the music industry. Among the many topics we discussed was his desire to release another Slave To The System album, and a new record with Brother Cane, which now features he and original drummer Scott Collier, as well as bassist Chuck Garric (Alice Cooper) and guitarist Zach Myers (Shinedown).
Listen to our conversation below, in two parts. Oh, and to Rickey Medlocke (Lynyrd Skynyrd, Blackfoot) if you’re reading this, Damon would be a perfect fit between you and Gary. Make the call, brother!