Gordie Johnson

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Gordie Johnson
Gordie and Kelly of Big Sugar.jpg
Johnson, left, with Kelly Hoppe
Background information
Also known as Grady Johnson
Born Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada
Origin Medicine Hat, Alberta, Canada Windsor, Ontario, Canada
Genres Reggae, rock
Occupation(s) Guitarist, singer
Instruments Guitar, vocals, bass
Years active 1988–present
Associated acts Big Sugar, Grady, Wide Mouth Mason, Sit Down Servant, Gov't Mule
Website shadygrady.net
Johnson performing with Grady at the London Balloon Festival, 2006

Gordie Johnson is a Canadian musician, best known as the front man for the reggae rock band Big Sugar, Austin-based latin jazz band Sit Down Servant and southern rock band Grady.


Johnson was born in Winnipeg, Manitoba, of Ukrainian descent.[1] He grew up in Windsor, Ontario, where he frequently crossed the river to play in Detroit, Michigan and spent his last year of school in Medicine Hat, Alberta before returning East to become a full-time musician. He is a vocalist and guitarist for the reggae rock band Big Sugar,[2]the latin jazz band Sit Down Servant in which he plays a triple-neck steel guitar along with Moog bass pedals, and the cowboy metal band Grady.

Johnson also works as a producer, mixer and session musician. He has produced or mixed albums and tracks for artists such as Gov't Mule, Warren Haynes, The Glorious Sons, Taj Mahal, Bushwick Bill, Toots Hibbert, Sarah Slean, The Trews, Joel Plaskett Emergency, The Respectables, Tim Chaisson, Len, Reel Big Fish, Chris Duarte, Caroline Neron, Meredith Shaw, as well as playing and/or recording with Chris Robinson, Rich Robinson, Colin James, Default, Honky, Len, Molly Johnson, Jonny Lang and Double Trouble, Ashley MacIsaac, the Bourbon Tabernacle Choir and Big Rude Jake.[3]

In 2003, Gibson guitar released a special edition limited run "Gordie Johnson signature series SGJ" guitar that incorporated fashion house Hugo Boss with a HUGO neckstrap and hardshell case (as the longtime clothing endorser of Gordie Johnson and Big Sugar).[citation needed]


Big Sugar[edit]

Sit Down Servant[edit]


Wide Mouth Mason[edit]

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  1. ^ 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. 
  2. ^ "Big Sugar Biography". Maple Music. Retrieved 14 December 2011. 
  3. ^ "Gordie Johnson". Discogs. Retrieved 2016-10-24. 

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