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Barney Johnston
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  • Nashville
  • United States
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BARNEY JOHNSTON / Bassist,Songwriter

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Bass guitarist/songwriter
Company Name:
Avonda Lee Music/BMI
About Me:
Barney Johnston moved from the great state of Texas to Nashville,Tennessee in 1989. In 1994,he earned a B.S. in Music Business from Trevecca Nazarene University.Since then, he has been playing bass for Recording Artists such as two-time Grammy Award Winner, Rebecca Lynn Howard,New West Artist, Stephen Bruton,Compadre Artist, Trent Willmon,2005 Nashville Star Winner Erika Jo,Curb Artists, Ashley Gearing,Star DeAzlan, and Lee Brice, Showdog Artist, Trailer Choir, Warner Brothers Artist, Whitney Duncan,Texas Artists Seth James and Shannon Cain,Woody Bradshaw,Michael English,David Phelps, of the Gaither Vocal Band, Scott Riggan, Jaime Harvill, Derryl Perry, Razzie Bailey,Chuck Allen Floyd, Rebecca Frederick,and Arlene Gutierrez. He has played on Artist Showcases with such Artists as Jay Speight,Keith Smith,DeDe Day,Candy Coburn,Jaime Fox,Clay Underwood,Ezra Jane, Mayberry Downunder,and Alvarado Road Show(with Steve Wariner). Barney is currently available for Touring, Showcases, and Session work. Besides being a bassist, he is also a songwriter who can be seen occasionally around town in a writer's round playing acoustic guitar.The songs posted here on his site are some of the songs he has played on and is a co-writer on. You may contact him by phone at (615) 337-9423,or via email at f.johnston01@comcast .net, here at NMP, or at
Number of years working in Nashville area:
18 years
Number of years in the music business:
33 years

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At 10:52pm on December 1, 2010, Chris Beals said…
Hey brutha! I enjoyed playing w/u on the Whitney Layne gigz! I hope 2work w/u professionally again real soon!! Happy Holidaze 2 u & urz !!

Chris Beals
(a.k.a.: CBDRUMZ)
At 4:21pm on November 24, 2010, jane bond said…
All my songs are on cassette and i don't know how to make them digital and how to put them on my MAC Happy T Day.
At 12:14pm on June 29, 2010, Anthony Sallee said…
Hey Barney, thanks so much for all of those kind kinds word! I will def let you know when I'm playing around town! We should connect for coffee or something! Best to you!

Anthony Sallee
At 9:59pm on January 11, 2010, Debra Gordon said…
UM... I wrote a much longer comment and it is not here anymore?! I hate that, and at this time of day I don't have the patience to write it again :) BUT... it said something like, looking at your bio, I want to ask - who haven't you played for? That is awesome! You must love trailer choir - vinny is a hoot. I love them! I got to hang at vinny's church once, I would love that for my house :) When you do you find time to write? Ever have any cuts or has the bass been your main source of income of creative income?
At 9:54pm on January 11, 2010, Debra Gordon said…
Who did the vocals for You Are? I feel like I have heard that voice before... I love this song, you don't have it available on mp3 do you? I would love to listen to it more! :)
At 9:52pm on January 11, 2010, Debra Gordon said…
It is a small world... I love trailer choir! It must be fun to travel with them! All these songs on your site, are they yours? How do you find time to song write when you are on the road... I guess you fit it in, you have to right? Friday Night Lights - the demo singer sounds a little like Luke Bryant - I almost thought it was a LB song... :) Where do you usually play? I play mostly the same places. I would love to play more but I don't want to drag my guitar player all over town since I don't play for myself! Have fun out there with TC, I have been to Vin's church for an after party once, I am sure you are there every once and a while. He is a hoot! Hopefully you will make your way out one time. If you ever need a demo singer - that is what I do :)
At 6:11pm on December 2, 2009, Christopher Cooke said…
Ah, some joe with the Johnston is a comforting thought. Let me come up for air and give you a shout, maybe next week. Looking forward to it! - chris
At 5:10pm on September 10, 2009, John Howard said…
Hey Barney!
Great to hear from you as well, lunch sometime?
At 3:31pm on July 28, 2009, Sara Goodell said…
I showed horses many many times in Wichita Falls! What a small world...
I have experienced a little bit of the networking in my 2 visits to Nashville, but I'm looking forward to so much more to come!
I hope to co-write more when I get to Nashville, as well as perfecting my craft of singing. Thank you so much for your encouragement as I take this next step in my life... I really do appreciate it. I'm not scheduled to perform at any writers nights yet, but I'm looking for any opportunity that presents itself...
Have any suggestions? I'm totally open to those!
Have a Blessed day!
At 9:27am on May 7, 2009, Amy Scruggs said…
Hi Barney.. I am in town on May 16th and will be out there to meet you in Irvine CA..... Look forward to it!

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