Johnson, left, with Kelly Hoppe
|Also known as||Grady Johnson|
|Born||Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada|
|Origin||Medicine Hat, Alberta, Canada Windsor, Ontario, Canada|
|Instruments||Guitar, vocals, bass|
|Associated acts||Big Sugar, Grady, Wide Mouth Mason, Sit Down Servant|
|Gibson double neck guitar Gibson Gordie Johnson Signature Model|
Gordie Johnson (born ca. 1964/5) is a Canadian musician, best known as the front man for the reggae-rock band Big Sugar, and later southern rock band Grady. He is also the bassist for blues rock band Wide Mouth Mason.
Johnson was born in Winnipeg, Manitoba, of Ukrainian descent. He grew up in Medicine Hat, Alberta, and Windsor, Ontario, where he frequently crossed the river to play in Detroit, Michigan. He is a vocalist and guitarist for the reggae-rock band Big Sugar and the cowboy metal band Grady, where he now uses his nickname "Grady" Johnson. Johnson is also known for wearing Hugo Boss clothing, as part of a long-term sponsorship deal with the designer.
Johnson is a producer having done albums for other artists, including Gov't Mule, Taj Mahal, The Trews, The Joel Plaskett Emergency, Wide Mouth Mason, The Respectables, Reel Big Fish, Tim Chaisson & Morning Fold, Meredith Shaw and Chris Kirby among others. He is also the songwriter/ co-writer of numerous hit songs in many genres.
Splitting his time between Alberta and Texas, Johnson is a proud Canadian, evident in his version of the Canadian national anthem "O Canada" and frequent discussions/interviews over the years. More recently the Texas influence can be heard through his songwriting for Grady. He stays very busy either playing live or working in the studio. Summer 2010 will see him playing his first instrument – the bass – with his friends in Wide Mouth Mason as part of the ZZ Top tour. In March 2011, it was announced that Johnson would be joining Wide Mouth Mason full-time as bassist. Johnson reformed Big Sugar in 2010 for some concert dates. The band released their new studio album Revolution Per Minute in 2011.
- 1991 – Big Sugar
- 1993 – Five Hundred Pounds
- 1995 – Dear M.F. (EP)
- 1995 – Ride Like Hell (EP)
- 1996 – Hemi-Vision
- 1998 – Heated
- 1999 – Chauffe à bloc (EP)
- 2000 – Extra Long Life (as Alkaline)
- 2001 – Brothers and Sisters, Are You Ready?
- 2001 – Brothers and Sisters, Êtes Vous Ready?
- 2003 – Hit & Run
- 2011 – Revolution Per Minute
- 2014 - Yardstyle
- 2006 – Y.U. So Shady?
- 2007 – A Cup of Cold Poison
- 2009 – Good As Dead
Wide Mouth Mason
- 2011 – No Bad Days
- Darryl Sterdan (10 May 2012). "Big Sugar star reveals health scare". Toronto Sun.
- Darryl Sterdan (27 June 2011). "Big Sugar sweet on hitting the road". Toronto Sun. Retrieved 22 September 2012.
A lot of performers say they get their energy from the crowd. I have never looked at it that way. I guess it's my Ukrainian work ethic.
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- "MEREDITH SHAW FINDS HAPPY PLACE WITH NEW ALBUM, NEW TOUR, AND BUSINESS SUCCESS". PhotoMusicography. 2012-05-24.
- Ross, Mike (13 July 2005). "Gordie Johnson abandons T.O. for Texas". jam
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- http://www.exclaim.ca/articles/generalarticlesynopsfullart.aspx?csid1=115&csid2=844&fid1=29886 Joel Plaskett Wins Billboard World Songwriting Contest
- http://jam.canoe.ca/Music/Artists/J/Johnson_Gordie/2007/07/12/4333305-sun.html Gordie Johnson returns to roots
- http://jam.canoe.ca/Music/Artists/J/Johnson_Gordie/2007/06/07/4241153.html Ex-Big Sugar rocker serves 'Poison'
- http://www.gfwadvertiser.ca/index.cfm?sid=108405&sc=293 Musician finds new sound[dead link]