Michael Johnson Photo



I'm so proud to have known Michael personally.

Of course he was a brilliant performer and someone whose work I tried to emulate in my work as well. But getting to know him was a true gift to my life...not just as a musician and singer but as a person with a resounding sense of humor.

Michael was a true gentle giant who will always inspire any artist...God bless and I hope the endurance of his work is as effectual as the music and personality.    --J. Fred Knobloch


"It's always been a secret menu type thing since we named it after Michael Johnson, singer of the song Bluer Than Blue a few years ago, but when he passed last month, we decided to put it on the menu as a little tribute to him."

Ryan Pitman, Owner & Brewer
Eastlake Craft Brewery

2nd photo courtesy of Deanna Barth

August 20, 2017, Dakota Jazz Club and Restaurant, Minneapolis, MN

The Michael Johnson Memorial Service Program
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August 28, 2017, Colorado Memorial at Olde Town Pickin' Parlor

A lovely tribute for Mike, as he is known by family and friends in Colorado, took place on Tuesday evening at The Olde Town Pickin' Parlor in Arvada, Colorado. Memories were shared, along with listening to many of Mike's songs. It was an intimate and fun loving group. Tears and laughter were shared.

Thanks to Judy Johnson and Corliss Brecht for the photos

Michael and Mary Huckins of Dakota Blonde at this venue in 2009

Slideshow from the Michael Johnson benefit in Nashville, TN 9/19/17