Up and coming country music artist, Derek Johnson has deep roots in country music, dating all the way back to Hank Williams Sr. being his granddad’s roommate while working at an Alabama shipyard in 1942.
Johnson’s granddad taught him how to play the guitar from a young age on a 1947 Gibson Southern Jumbo. The same guitar Hank Williams Sr. had. Johnson got to learn the country classics on the classic guitar that was believed to be given to his granddad by Hank when they hitchhiked and played music for anyone who was willing to listen to them.
His granddad’s love for music was instilled in Johnson from a young age and led him to chasin’ the dream of being on stage, doing what he loves.
While following his dreams of music, Johnson served in the United States Army from 2012 to 2015 with the Air and Missile Defense and ended up making country music and Billboard history by becoming the first Wounded Warrior to chart on the Billboard Chart with his song “Real Cool Kinda Hot.” The song debuted at #47 on the Billboard Top 50.
You can see his new video for the song “Right Beer Right Now” on Country Rebel starting Today.
Watch Derek Johnson’s tribute to the late Joe Diffie performing “John Deere Green” below!