Photo Credit: YouTube Channel Justin Johnson
Any artist can reach into the past and craft something from what they’ve pulled forth from the annals of history; it takes a truly gifted individual, an artist for the ages, to be able to reach into the past and breathe brand new life into it and in that regard, Roots Blues and Americana artist Justin Johnson is an absolute master. The Nashville-based musician is no stranger to reaching back in time and unearthing everything from old blues standards to, in the case of the video you’re about to see, time honored gospel hymns that know how to shake souls and feed hungry hearts searching for the Divine.
Seen here basking in the comfort of a porch swing at John Carter Cash’s Cash Cabin Studios, Justin chases the Divine with a stirring rendition of Ada R. Habershon’s beloved gospel hymn “Will the Circle Be Unbroken?,” using his 6-string cigar box guitar to offer up a beautiful piece of Old Americana played with love and swirling with the spirit of something far greater than meets the eye. In a world lacking in solid, true blue musicians who remember their roots, Justin Johnson fills that void – and we couldn’t be happier to go along for the ride.
Fun Fact: The chorus of “Will The Circle Be Unbroken?” also appears in “Can the Circle Be Unbroken” and “Daddy Sang Bass”.
Be sure to check out his soul grabbing cover of “Will the Circle Be Unbroken?” in the video below and if you love what you hear, swing by Justin’s official website to preorder your copy of his upcoming double album Drivin’ it Down – we’ve already got ours, and it’s one you definitely don’t want to miss!