Evan Johnson

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

By Kate Kinder
Editor in Chief 

Evan Johnson of Floydada, TX she enjoy going to shows, music festivals, hiking, cycling, traveling, cats, and reading.
I actually used to go see her sing a few time while attending school at South Plains College.

Are you currently touring? If so with who?
“I am not currently touring but I play regionally.”

Who all have you toured with?
“I unfortunately haven’t toured with anyone so far, but I did open for Pam Tillis when I was about ten years old.”

When and why did you start playing?
“ I have loved music for as long as I can remember and around the age of six I began voice and piano lessons and shortly after that I started singing and performing professionally.  At eight, I performed at my first “big” show at the Gem Theatre in Turkey, TX at the Bob Wills Day celebration and the moment I walked out on the stage, under the lights, I knew that singing and performing was what I wanted to do with my life.”

Which instruments do you play?
“I am primarily a vocalist but I play some guitar and piano!”

What drives your passion?
“The times that I am onstage and feel and see the audience really get into the music and let their troubles and inhibitions go and surrender to the moment and the music.”

Where do you usually gather songwriting inspiration? What is your usual songwriting process?
“I gather my songwriting inspiration from my life experiences and recently my travels to the beautiful and wild Big Bend area have influenced my songwriting.  I try to write something almost every day but sometimes the best thoughts materialize in the middle of the night and you find yourself writing in bed.”

What was the first songs you learned?
““Swinging on a Star”, “San Antonio Rose”, “Deep in the Heart of Texas” as well as numerous gospels and many songs from Broadway musicals.”

Is your family musical?
“Though my parents did not play music professionally I was brought up in a household that valued music and the arts, I was immersed in music and my mother played a huge role in my musical upbringing as she plays piano and worked with me every day as a child to better my singing. She is still the first person I go to for musical advice! “

Which famous musicians do you admire? Why?
“I’ve deeply admired Natalie Maines from the moment I listened to the Dixie Chicks’ Fly record, I respect female artists who take risks in the their music and Natalie Maines does just that, she also has an incredible voice that I’ve taken much inspiration from. In addition, I admire Jack White, he’s the real deal and I hope someday I can create music as original as the music he has crafted.”

Which famous musicians have you learned from?
“I’ve listened and taken inspiration from many female artists, including Natalie Maines, Leann Rimes, Emmylou Harris, Wanda Jackson, Lady Gaga, Amy Winehouse, Kathleen Edwards, Patsy Cline, Stevie Nicks, Linda Ronstadt, and Miranda Lambert.”

What are your fondest musical memories?
“My fondest musical memory definitely is playing music alongside friends in ensembles in the South Plains College Commercial Music program, there’s nothing like it.”

Were you influenced by old records & tapes?
“I grew up listening to good old-fashioned country records as well as blues and rock.  I believe that this has influenced my style of singing and given me a rock and roll edge to an overall country sound.”

Who are your favorite musicians?
“My favorite musicians are Jack White, Natalie Maines, Joe Ely, Amy Winehouse, Miranda Lambert, Brandon Flowers, Dave Grohl, Karen O, Ezra Koenig, Diana Krall, Neko Case, and many others!”

What is a typical week like for you?
 “I work at an irrigation business and when the office is not busy I turn it into a rehearsal space and work on vocal training, playing guitar, and learning and rehearsing new songs! “

Since everyone was a startup once, can you give any smaller or local bands looking to get gigs?

“I’m still pretty small but I would recommend attending the South Plains College Commercial Music program and work on honing your skills and learning from the talented and knowledgeable instructors!”

Thank you Evan!

xxx West Texas Sweetheart

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