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Guitarist Johnny Hiland began his music career in 2002 and, by 2004, he signed his first record deal with Steve Vai’s Favored Nations label, releasing a self-titled debut album later that year. Legally blind, he is world-renowned as a guitarist, clinician, guitar instructor and session musician.
Johnny Hiland has been named to many “Best of” lists in the guitar world over the years including being named one of the “Five Best Chickenpickers” by Gibson.com, one of the “50 Fastest Guitarists of All Time” by Guitar World magazine and, most recently, one of the “Top 3 Country Guitar Players” in a 2017 Vintage Guitar magazine reader’s poll. In addition, Johnny has played on records for such artists as Toby Keith, Ricky Skaggs, Hank Williams III, Randy Travis, The Dillards, Lynn Anderson, Janie Fricke, Trick Pony, Rebecca Lynn Howard, The Ventures’ Nokie Edwards and many others. He has performed on stage with Sammy Hagar, Joe Satriani, Steve Vai, Nokie Edwards, John Jorgenson, George Clinton and Parliament Funkadelic, Joe Bonamassa, Ricky Skaggs, Toby Keith, Albert Lee, Thom Bresh, The Kentucky Headhunters, Jack Pearson, Brent Mason, Phil Keaggy and others as well as multiple appearances on the Grand Ole Opry.
Ricky Skaggs once said of Johnny, “I think Johnny Hiland is the most versatile guitar player I’ve ever heard. From Bill Monroe to Eddie Van Halen, he can play it all.”
Johnny has released instructional materials for a number of respected companies - Truefire, Mel Bay, Hot Licks and Jam Track Central. He has an enthusiastic fan base from all over the world, and a number of signature products on the market through his many endorsements.
Ted Nugent said of Johnny, “I’ve jammed with the best the world has produced. Johnny stands spirit-to-spirit with them all.”
In 2008, Johnny independently released his second album, Loud and Proud, with a standout track, “Chicken Pickin’ Heroes,” that includes Vince Gill, Steve Wariner and Ricky Skaggs. In 2010, he signed with Shrapnel Records and recorded his third album, All Fired Up, which was released to rave reviews.
Sammy Hagar said of Johnny, “We jammed for days … We’re not trying to hype nothin’, he doesn’t need no hype.”
In August 2015, Johnny signed with Crush Worldwide for management, production and booking. Since that time, he has re-released Loud and Proud in August 2016 (with a bonus track featuring Thumbpickers Hall of Famer Thom Bresh) and a new studio album, Standing Strong, in August 2017, a Gospel album, Pickin' for the Lord, in April 2019 and he has a second Gospel album and a Christmas album in the planning stages. In addition, Steve Vai and his Favored Nations label has given us permission to produce physical copies of Johnny's out-of-print first album, Johnny Hiland, and it is available now in the Store. A weekly radio show, Guitarmania with Johnny Hiland, co-hosted with Crush Worldwide’s John Haring, began in late 2017 on Renegade Radio and has garnered a worldwide listenership. It is currently on hiatus. A video podcast, Guitar Talk with Johnny Hiland, where Johnny interviews the greats of the guitar world and innovators in the gear world is in planning with hopes of a rollout in Fall 2019.
In January 2018, Johnny signed an endorsement deal with Kiesel Guitars and will play their instruments exclusively. With significant input from Johnny, on June 28, 2018, Kiesel released a Johnny Hiland Signature Model of their Solo guitar, the JH6, which is available now.
Crush Worldwide is currently booking Johnny Hiland for performances, appearances and guitar clinics. He is available for both in-person and phone interviews. Please contact John Haring at 615-974-4886 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Find more on Johnny Hiland at www.johnnyhiland.net