Pisgah Forest native Danny Johnson has been playing music for more than sixty years. His love of music began very early in his life, growing up among musicians in his family—including his mother, a Juilliard-trained classical pianist. Now Johnson himself is the patriarch of a multigenerational musical legacy.
The Danny Johnson Band consists of Johnson himself, playing guitar and singing, his son Alan and grandson Ray Hill, both guitarists as well, and grandson Flave Hart, a young banjo phenomenon who carries on the musical style of his grandfather’s close friend and former bandmate, the late Carroll Best. Ray and Flave were both taught by their uncle Alan, keeping the transfer of the family’s musical legacy strong between the generations.
The band has performed at many festivals over the last three decades, and band members have been the recipients of numerous awards in contests, both as a band and individually. They also appear on several recordings, including, most recently, Celebrating the 75th Annual Mountain Dance and Folk Festival, and Madison County fiddler Roger Howell’s Hills and Home.
Danny Johnson passed away on March 11, 2019