Author Archives: Live from the Guitar loft

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As you probably already know, my world definitely revolves around guitar…guitar performances, guitar lessons, guitar tabs, gear reviews, gear unboxings.. anything guitar! I have been obsessed with guitar since the first time I picked one up as a child. It had a crooked neck, a beat-up body, and one rusty ol’ string hanging on for dear life.. but it hooked me! I fell in love and my world has revolved around guitar ever since. 

After a LOT of requests for it, I have created a Patreon Page as a sort of Virtual Backstage Pass, where you can pull up a chair, hang out via livestreams, talk music, get a sneak peek into what goes on behind the scenes in my studio, join a workshop or masterclass, and enjoy this community of like-minded lovers of music, blues, rock & roll, and guitars!
Also, for those of you who love limited-edition merch, your membership will give you access to the coolest, and most rare JJ Merch IN THE UNIVERSE! 

I figured Patreon is the best way to connect directly with my closest and most supportive fans, and give you exactly what you are looking for!

So, Let’s do this! 

Become a member of the Justin Johnson Army!

Gain access to Patreon-Only rewards like Exclusive Music Downloads, Guitar Tablature, Behind the Scenes VIP AccessLimited-Edition Merch, Patreon-Only Discount Codes,Contests & Giveaways, Exclusive Video Content, Exclusive Livestreams, & Much More!

🔥 Justin Johnson 3 Guitar GIVEAWAY! 🔥

Feeling Lucky? 🍀 
We’re giving you 3 CHANCES to win a Guitar from Justin Johnson!  
& it’s completely FREE to Enter

As a way of GIVING BACK to my Subscribers on Youtube, I’m GIVING AWAY 3 GUITARS when my YouTube channel reaches 1 Million Subscribers!

Watch the video above for full details on the 3 guitars, and to hear it them action. The video will also give you complete details on how to enter to win! 

Justin Johnson GUITAR TABS • Available Now!

You have been asking for it, and we heard ya! We’ve started a new section in the Justin Johnson Official Store exclusively offering guitar tablature for Justin Johnson’s most popular and requested original songs.

These in depth guitar tabs offer note-by-note transcriptions of some of Justin’s most popular guitar performances, such as “Crankin’ it Up” on the 3-String Shovel Guitar, “Son of a Witch,” “Ghost of the Mountain,” “Whiskey Barrel Blues,” “Porch Swing Slidin,” and more…

These digital download guitar tabs include printable PDF files with both tablature and musical notation, and a bonus video of Justin performing the song, with on-screen tablature, so you can follow along with the performance, and visually learn while you dig into the musical notation.


NEWLY RELEASED! Justin Johnson and The Cash Collective’s HEY CROW!

We’re offering a Super Limited Edition release of the newest album from Justin Johnson and The Cash Collective!
“HEY CROW!” 180 gram Collectible Vinyl AlbumsHand-Signed by both Justin Johnson & John Carter Cash!

“One of the most diverse and talented groups of sought-after music makers – The Cash Collective – brought together by five-time GRAMMY-winning producer/songwriter/musician John Carter Cash – announces Hey Crow!, a hard-rocking album that started out heading in one musical direction, but evolved into a piece of work that may surprise many CASH fans. Produced by Justin Johnson, Chuck Turner, and John Carter Cash, Hey Crow! was recorded over a two-and-a-half-year period, in part, at the historic Cash Cabin Studio in Hendersonville, TN.” -Talent In Borders

Hey Crow! 

Super Limited-Edition 180 gram Swirl Vinyl 
Justin Johnson & John Carter Cash

The Hey Crow! album is a collection of nine original songs, co-written and co-produced by John Carter Cash and Justin Johnson. Although folk music may have been part of the foundation of these recordings, in the end, The Cash Collective Hey Crow! is straight ahead, rock and roll. “Much of the writing process was stream-of-consciousness,” explained Justin. “It starts with a spark, but when it catches fire, you’ve got to follow that magic. We followed and it took us to the rock’n’roll side of what we both really love.”
“Of course, I grew up around country, listening to my father’s music, and the Carter Family,” said John Carter, “but when I was 12 or 13 years old, I listened to AC/DC, Black Sabbath, Aerosmith, Iron Maiden, Rush, the Alan Parson Project, and Pink Floyd. This album pays homage to the classic rock bands that are still just as renowned and respected today as when I was young. And that was the case with both Chuck Turner and Justin Johnson. We all grew up on rock.”
For the recording of Hey Crow!, The Cash Collective utilized techniques and vintage gear from the analog recording years of the 20th century, especially from the 60s and 70s. Said co-producer Chuck Turner, “We used ProTools for the recording of the album, giving us tons of editing possibilities. But we also used vintage AKG and Neumanns microphones, and our Neve pre-amps provided a great, warm character to the music. Then, when we mixed the album, we printed it back to analog tape to add that analog warmth back before it was mastered.”
“Music is, at its best, a group of like-minded people making something that is bigger than the sum of its parts, and no one who was involved in this album could have made it solely on their own,” added Justin. “Hey Crow! is the end result from a collection of musical companions who shared an environment, a time, and a place where magic happened. Over the course of the writing and recording, there was no judgment, no ‘this is right’ or ’this is wrong,’ we let the ideas and creativity come out and then we organized the chaos afterwards.”

 👇Prefer it on CD? We have that too!👇

GUITAR TABS • “Can’t Find My Way Home” • Steve Winwood/Eric Clapton Cover by Justin Johnson

You guys have been asking for more Tablature to my fingerstyle arrangements, so… HERE YOU GO! I’ll be uploading more tabs at the Live From The Guitar Loft Youtube channel, so make sure you Subscribe to it, and keep coming back to see what lessons, gear showcases, and TABS I post next!

“Bootleg Christmas” • New Christmas Album by Justin Johnson!


Light the fire, pour the eggnog, and get ready for some Holiday magic… Justin Johnson-Style!  “Bootleg Christmas” is filled with 10 of Justin’s favorite Christmas songs, performed acoustically with plenty of that back porch bluesy swagger.  From melodic solo acoustic guitar arrangements, to upbeat backporch jams, “Bootleg Christmas” will get you in the spirit, no matter how big of a Grinch you are!

You will have the option to download the files in mobile-friendly MP3 format OR high-def, audiophile quality WAV format… or BOTH!

Bootleg Christmas” Includes:

• White Christmas
• Baby, It’s Cold Outside
• O Christmas Tree
• Silver Bells
• Christmas Blues
• Blue Christmas
• Mele Kalikimaka
• What Child Is This?
• God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen
• Silent Night  

GUITAR TABS: “Hit the Road Jack” Ray Charles Fingerstyle Guitar Cover – Arranged by Justin Johnson

You guys have been asking for more Tablature to my fingerstyle arrangements, so… HERE YOU GO! I’ll be uploading more tabs at the Live From The Guitar Loft Youtube channel, so make sure you Subscribe to it, and keep coming back to see what lessons, gear showcases, and TABS I post next!


This one brings back memories! I put this fingerstyle arrangement together with Guitar Tablature (I play the song through again with on-screen tabs at the end of this video) so you can learn it in time for Halloween! 🎃
Have fun!! Muahahaha!! 👻

Standard Tuning (E A D G B E)
Justin Johnson Signature Thumb Picks (like used in the video) Available HERE: www.justinjohnsonstore.com

You Could Win This $3,289 Custom Guitar!

As a way of GIVING BACK to my Subscribers on my YouTube Channel, I’ve decided to GIVE AWAY A GUITAR every time the channel reaches 100,000 new Subscribers! … The current Giveaway will be this one-of-a-kind Wild Customs “Art Top Series Wild One Raven,” which I will be giving away as soon as my YouTube Channel reaches 900k Subscribers! The Wild Customs “Art Top Series Wild One Raven” (Value: $3,289) is an all Mahogany, set-neck guitar, with Pao Ferro fretboard. The pickups are Seymour Duncan SHPH1 (59) Bridge & APH1 (Alnico II Pro) Neck. It features custom laser-etched artwork by Hugo Grieveldinger. 

Watch the video above for full details and specs on the guitar, and to hear it in action. The video will also give you complete details on how to enter to win it! 

Guitars and more on SALE through Labor Day!

Guitars & more on SALE through Labor Day!

It’s been a wild year and you’ve been working hard.. 
to keep your sanity if nothing else!
Let’s take some time to relax, celebrate & make some music! 

Guitars, Lessons, Music, & More from Justin Johnson’s Guitar Vault
On Sale through Labor Day!