Mike grew up in Montgomery, AL where he started playing Steel Guitar in his Dad’s band at age 15. At age 19, he moved to Nashville, TN to work with Mel Street. When Mel died, Mike went to work with Jack Greene & Jeannie Seely. He then took a job with Bill Anderson and was affiliated with Bill’s organization for over 15 years.
Mike can bring the same level of virtuoso playing to your recording that he has brought to major label records by Luke Bryan, Jason Aldean, Josh Turner, Reba McEntire, Willie Nelson, and others. Utilizing state-of-the-art recording gear, Mike will enhance your songs by playing the same kind of steel parts on YOUR songs that he plays on current radio records.
Mike Johnson is a first call, first class steel guitar player. Country, pop, rock, you name it, Mike can give you exactly what you need to take your music to the next level
I consider Mike Johnson to be one of the most creative and soulful steel guitarists that I have worked with. Willie Nelson says Mike’s a cross between Jimmy Day and Buddy Emmons, and that's not a bad combination
Mike Johnson is the most lyrical and inventive steel guitar player in the world, in my opinion. He turns that insanely complicated instrument into a versatile pan-harmonium of sounds, textures and beautiful melodies. We’ve used steel in the least likely places and the most unexpected ways. Since we first worked together, I don’t think about “steel guitar” anymore. Instead, I think about Mike Johnson and his Amazing Music Machine!”
Mike Johnson is the is the Steel Guitarist & Music Director for the RFD TV show Country’s Family Reunion, where country music history comes alive on the "living room stage." Guests relive those stories that will make you laugh or cry and sit back with the classics that will assuredly conjure up fond memories from the past. The unique and endearing camaraderie on stage makes for entertainment you cannot find anywhere other than RFD-TV.