Fiddle Rick Johnson’s Children Come Home

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Fiddle Rick Johnson: The Knows of You Never Know


Who: Fiddle Rick Johnson
What: Americana
Where:
When: 2013-09-07 - 2013-09-18
On any given day, if you want to find Fiddle Rick Johnson, chances are he is hard at work in his hom
Sara Treat

On any given day, if you want to find Fiddle Rick Johnson, chances are he is hard at work in his home studio, putting the finishing touches on his latest album or beginning the process of making a new one.

Johnson was born in New Jersey but relocated to Southern Illinois with his family. His mother got him started on the fiddle when he was a child. During his teens, Johnson started playing the guitar and drums. In his twenties, he moved to New Orleans, where he had the opportunity to sharpen his craft. When asked what one of the biggest differences between a New Orleans concert crowd and a Southern Illinois concert crowd is, his answer was quick and short: “the drinks.”

After coming back from New Orleans, Johnson joined local band Broken Grass. After getting a booking agent, the band began touring the country, sometimes going as far away as Wisconsin, Utah, and the Carolinas. Johnson’s wife remained in Carbondale and gave him her full support as he traveled, oftentimes leaving on Wednesday, returning on Sunday, and leaving on Wednesday again.

After almost four years of touring and recording with Broken Grass, Johnson got the inkling that it was time to come off the road and be with his growing family. Today, he is the father of a ten-year-old and a seven-year-old.

This past May, Johnson released his fourth album, Children Come Home. The process of each song that he writes is personal for him. Each song is like one of his “little babies,” as he calls them, so each has special meaning to him. His personal favorite, however, is the title track. A self-described “rock ‘n’ roll baby,” he incorporates the fiddle into the sound upon which he was raised.

Johnson sees music as a “celebration and about having a good time.” Making people happy through music is the highlight of performing live for him. “If I can make other people feel good through music, then that makes me feel good, too,” he said-- though he also admitted that the free drinks were a nice perq. Given the choice, he likes to perform in venues that “understand the value of the music.”

Don’t expect him to take a break now that he has finished Children Come Home. Johnson is already at work on his fifth record. There is still a lot of work left to do at this point, but this time around he plans to include local musicians throughout the entire album instead of recording almost all of the parts himself. Johnson works on it whenever he has a free moment, but if history is any indication, he should complete it by next year.

Johnson will next perform Saturday, September 7 at Walker’s Bluff and Wednesday, September 18 at the Brown Bag Concert in Carbondale. Find him online at <http://www.FiddleRick.com>, and listen to tracks from Children Come Home and Johnson’s previous releases on Nightlife’s web project at <http:///www.CarbondaleRocks.com>.

who: Fiddle Rick Johnson

what: Americana

where: Walker’s Bluff; Town Square Pavilion / Brown Bag Concert

when: Saturday, September 7; Wednesday, September 18