Nashville guitarist Billy Johnson dies at 51

Very sad to see an old friend go so early.

Very sad to see an old friend go so early. In the Tennessean.

Author: Cal Sharp

Nashville pedal steel guitarist for over 30 years. Credits include Stonewall Jackson, Little Jimmy Dickens, Red Sovine, Faron Young, Ernest Tubb, Ray Price, Johnny Russell, George Fox, Vern Gosdin, Del Reeves, Gilley's, the Palomino Club and a few others. Retired from the road, playing sessions and clubs locally. I also develop websites, like this one and other music-related sites. Contact me if you need a website. Email: cal at caligraphics dot net or fill out the contact form.

7 thoughts on “Nashville guitarist Billy Johnson dies at 51”

  1. Oh, am so sorry to hear about Billy.
    Our love & prayers to his family who have always been so good me and my family

    He was a wonderful, unselfish person and a great family man

    Ginny, Jess, Heather, Wes, Noah, Austin & Hallie

  2. Met Billy when he was 14 or 15, he was playing in a family band.. tough as nails then.. he had “the touch”, so sad to hear a great picker passed .

  3. Does anyone know if this is the same Billy Johnson from Marion Ohio? The Billy Johnson I know was in a band with his Mother/Band which used to be a house band at The Country Stage in Nova, Oh. The Country Stage was owned by my family.

  4. The band was “Anna Mae and the Country Imperials” Billy on lead & fiddle, Janet? sister on drums, Bills mom Anna Mae of later fame as Granny Johnson @the Nashville Palace on her Gibson “Everly Bros.” guitar, usually Gene Drake on steel and Bill Utley on drums. They were tough. Gene played w/ some of the Ohio pickers Dave Thornhill, Donnie Ballinger and Chuck Flynn bass player from Mt. Vernon who later went on to be Lorettas’ “Coal Miners”

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