Johnny Hiland

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Johnny Hiland
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Background information
BornJanuary 18, 1975
GenresCountry, rock
Occupation(s)Musician, songwriter, session guitarist, clinician, guitar instructor
InstrumentsGuitar, vocals
Years active1996-present
LabelsFavored Nations, Shrapnel Records, Independent
Associated actsToby Keith, Hank Williams III, Albert Lee, Danny Gatton
Websitejohnnyhiland.net

Johnny Hiland (born January 18, 1975) is a legally blind American musician/guitar artist known for mixing chicken pickin' country guitar with rock, blues, and western swing."

Early life[edit]

Hiland grew up in Maine, with an eye disease called nystagmus. He started playing guitar at age 2, played his first talent show at age 5, performed on Dick Stacey's Jamboree on local TV at age 7, and won Talent America at age 10, with sister Jodi and brother Jerry, "The 3 J's," playing bluegrass country. The 3 J's broke up when Johnny turned 15, due to his voice changing. The fact that Johnny started playing electric guitar at age 12 didn't help either. Johnny left bluegrass, and started playing country, rock, and blues.

Career[edit]

In 1996, Hiland moved to Nashville and worked as a session musician for country artists including Toby Keith, Ricky Skaggs, Janie Fricke, and Hank Williams III. Meanwhile, he played with the Don Kelley Band at Robert's Western World. Hiland signed with Steve Vai's Favored Nations label as a solo artist.

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