Royal Johnson, nominated by the readers of the 11th Hour as Macon’s Best Rock Band for 2018, has now released two albums and played hundreds of shows around the southeast; but they have an original sound that is drawing worldwide attention.
RJ began in middle Georgia in 2014 as a demo recording by founders Andy Johnson and Chance Royal.
The last three years have taken the band all over the southeast, captivating audiences of all colors and creeds by playing a variety of venues from central Florida to the North Carolina highlands to western Alabama, sharing stages with the likes of The Doobie Brothers, Stillwater (twice opening their annual reunion show), Jimmy Hall, Jack Pearson, Willie Nelson, Old Crow Medicine Show, The Avett Brothers, Drivin’ n’ Cryin’, Turnpike Troubadours, Robert Lee Coleman, Greensky Bluegrass, The Cordovas, The Autumn Defense, Big Mike and the Booty Papas, Joey Huffman and Bobby Golden.
They’ve played hockey arenas, large outdoor festivals, craft breweries, listening rooms, wedding receptions, bars and restaurants, intimate theaters, strip clubs, back yard parties, art galleries and mud bogs. In early 2018 Royal Johnson were invited to play in Mexico for two weeks at the Tropic of Cancer Concert Series.
In October of 2017 the band released it’s second album, Howlin’. The album was recorded at Muscadine Studios, home of legendary producer and musician Paul Hornsby.