We are so thrilled to announce that the legendary guitarist Danny Johnson of Steppenwolf fame will be our headline entertainment for the live music stage at Delta Hog Fest Vintage Chopper Show on Saturday, April 8, 2017, in Yazoo City, Mississippi!
Danny Johnson, guitarist/vocalist/songwriter, is excited about his visit to Yazoo, and we know you are, too! It has been many years since he last played in our area, and we are excited to welcome him back!
Danny Johnson was born and raised in Louisiana, where he was discovered by another one of rock & roll’s guitar greats, Rick Derringer. A young Danny Johnson can be heard on four of Derringer’s CBS projects, where Johnson’s talents are exhibited not only as a budding guitar master but also as a songwriter and vocalist. Johnson’s evolution from son of the South to world-renowned artist included a stint with his own trio, Axis. A contract with RCA followed.
Eventually, Rod Stewart became aware of Johnson and offered him the opportunity to write, record, and tour with him. The 1981 Warner Brothers release Tonight I’m Yours includes Johnson’s haunting style. Over the years, he’s been in demand by the likes of Eddie Van Halen, Alice Cooper, country/rockabilly kid Billy Burnette, Danny Tate, and Steppenwolf. While he holds an impressive place in the annals of rock history, he has also distinguished himself as a honky tonker, a contributor to the genre of country-blues, and a film composer whose credits include Wayne’s World, Gremlins II, and a documentary about baseball hero Nolan Ryan.
The result of Johnson’s multi-level involvement is a well-rounded artist who can honestly be considered a contributor to the continuation of American roots music. With the release of a 1997 solo project on Who-Doo Records, Grih–Grih Thing, Johnson has entrenched himself and his distinctive style in the consciousness of American music. Noted for his charismatic presence on-stage, this future legend tours the world on behalf of his own music, as well as supporting John Kay and Steppenwolf.
Delta Hog Fest will include a People’s Choice Chopper Award, Vintage Chopper Show (1985 & Earlier), Food & Beverage Vendors, Merchandise Vendors, Live Music including Danny Johnson, Burlap Rebellion (Belzoni, MS) and others, and a Charity Poker Run to benefit an area Children’s Hospital. The event will be held at the Yazoo County Fairgrounds at 203 Hugh McGraw Drive, Yazoo City, Mississippi. Admission for the all-day event is $25 at the gate. No pre-sold tickets.