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A Troubadour’s Prayer Answered

Dan Johnson, The Salt Cedar Rebels, Walt Wilkins By February 4, 2017 No Comments

Dan Johnson’s latest single off his self titled album “Dan Johnson and the Salt Cedar Rebels” turned from prayer of desperation into a dream come true.

Most people trying to make it in this scene can relate heavily with “Troubadour’s Prayer.”  It’s a song about hopelessness and self-doubt that surrounds a struggling artist.

What’s it worth? What’s this all for?
I’d do all again, ask myself the same old questions one time more
I’m not sure what scares me more
How hard I could fall or the chance to fly like I’ve never done before

The night the song was birthed was a turning point for Dan as he played to an empty bar in Amarillo. About to give up, he asked himself the question “What Would Walt Do?” Little did he know at the time that his decision to fight on would ultimately land him in the studio with his hero.

I met up with Dan at his friend’s loft in downtown Dallas where he was finishing up a photoshoot for his latest concept album “Hemingway.” After opening with some beard talk he shared his awesome story of fate and how Walt Wilkins got involved with “Troubadour’s Prayer.”  If anything, be sure to catch the acoustic performance about 8 minutes in.


Here’s a link to the original video and of course you can go to for more.


Dan Johnson and the Salt Cedar Rebels “Bootlegged” us a new record

Dan Johnson, The Salt Cedar Rebels By July 3, 2016 Tags: , , , , , No Comments

“Bootlegged: Live from Midnight Rodeo” from Dan Johnson and the Salt Cedar Rebels is a sweet little EP that released a couple of weeks back. The Salt Cedar Rebels are a cool country and southern rock outfit that I started listening to after hearing them on the Southbound I-35 podcast with David Ryan. They bring a lot of energy, the songwriting is emotional and raw, and I love the guitar tones they seem to consistently put out there. Vocally, Dan Johnson’s voice reminds me of Jason Boland; it’s deep and country but not twangy.

This live EP contains five original songs plus a cover of “Keep Your Hands To Yourself” originally by the Georgia Satellites. In the album notes, Dan Johnson gives us the impetus for the album:

In the “good ol’ days of music,” before recording engineers and producers started manufacturing hits in studios, for the sake of the almighty dollar, some of the greatest songs came to us when a band played their hearts out at a show and some blessed soul fatefully hit “record.”

The mix of this album indeed captures the live show magic; it’s got a full sound with booming lows and the right amount of guitar reverb. You aren’t a fly on the wall at Midnight Rodeo, you are front and center.

Here is the track list:

“Ain’t Coming Back”
“Amanda Blue”
“As It Seems”
“I’d Like to Stay”
“All You’ve Got to Lose”
“Keep You Hands To Yourself”

“Ain’t Coming Back” shoots you out of a cannon at 100 mph. Outside of the love song “As It Seems” the record doesn’t slow down much. “Amanda Blue” is my favorite tune because it sucks you in with a cool guitar line then delivers with strong lyrics and songwriting.

If you are looking for something new, energetic, and bit rowdy to add to your Independence Day or Texas Music playlist, go get “Bootlegged” on Amazon Music or on iTunes here: Bootlegged: Live from Midnight Rodeo – EP – Dan Johnson & The Salt Cedar Rebels. While you’re at it pay a visit to the Salt Cedar Rebels website.