NHTE 169 Buck Johnson

Aerosmith’s touring keyboard player, he is a singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, and producer who does southern soulful rock/country in his original music, including an album released last year. He has also toured and recorded with such notable artists as The Doobie Brothers, Tal Bachman, John Waite, and Shawn Mullins, among others. As a songwriter he co-wrote the international hit single for Carlos Santana “Just Feel Better” and has had numerous songs in TV shows and in major film releases.

Show Quotes: 

“It’s the re-write, where the work comes in.  Just making sure every word fits and musically (the) arrangement.”

“When it’s going fast and it’s going well you just don’t keep up and try to remember and account for who did what.  You just let it flow and be what it wants to be and get out of the way and let the song write itself.”

“It’s a dream come true to get to play with those guys (Aerosmith)… What can I say?  It’s everything you’d hoped it could be… playing with my heroes.”

“It kinda keeps me grounded.  I like to get my hands dirty and, ya’ know, work in the yard.”

“We had to spend a good three days just locked out in a studio just to make sure we had the songs down and ready to go.  (Rehearsing is) just part of it.  Ya’ know, athletes, they have to stay in shape.  You gotta do the fundamentals to be on, be sharp.”

“We’re getting ready for church and I get a call from Steven (Tyler) from Istanbul and the next day I’m on a plane to Istanbul.”

“Like anything it’s relationships – people you’ve networked with over the years.”

“As a solo artist I really would rather not produce.  I’d rather have someone else that can bring something to the table that, ya’ know, something fresh or different perspective… and having those contacts with musicians that I may not know.”

“It is a small business and, especially in a town like Nashville it can be very small.  And that can work for you or work against you.  So I’d say anytime you’re working with anybody in a situation you wanna be genuine, you wanna be real.  You don’t want to come across as someone who’s too pushy, but at the same time not to be afraid to go up and meet people.  But... there’s a fine line.  You don’t want to be the person they hate to see coming.”

Songs on this episode: 

“Enjoying the Ride”
“Country, Rockin and Reelin”