RJB has quickly become a crowd favorite while directly supporting or sharing the stage with likes of: Merle Haggard, Charlie Daniels, Trace Adkins, Big & Rich, Jackyl, Marshall Tucker Band, Travis Tritt, Gary Allan, Jamey Johnson, Gretchen Wilson, Grand Funk Railroad, Colt Ford, .38 Special, Molly Hatchet, Shooter Jennings, Steppenwolf, Ray Scott, Aaron Lewis, Tommy Jennings, Jackson Taylor & the Sinners and many more.
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Cochise County’s very own Rowdy Johnson Band is one of four groups from across the nation selected for an upcoming TV series, “The Real Life of a Country Music Entertainer.”  Nashville TV was in Cochise County earlier this month to film the band’s live performance at the Western Junction Bar and Grill in McNeal, said Ken Whitcomb, RJB manager and spokesman. Locally, the band plays venues in Tombstone, McNeal, Sierra Vista and Bisbee, along with Fourth of July concerts in Benson.

Considered one of the “up and coming stars” of country music – while not heard on Cochise County radio stations – the band is featured on the Gray Beard Records label of Tucson.  RJB’s brand of independent music is played throughout the Phoenix area, parts of Tucson, Texas and in most states across the country.  Between local performances, the group has opened or played with the likes of Trace Adkins, Charlie Daniels, Grand Funk Railroad, Jackyl, Steppenwolf, Ray Scott, Bill Don Burns, and more.  Known for delivering high-energy live shows, the band belts out songs composed by lead singer and songwriter Rowdy Johnson, while feeding off the fans and playing to the audience.  Rowdy’s songs are reminiscent of country music’s classic outlaws. A prolific songwriter, he takes life’s experiences, both good and bad, and weaves lyrics into soulful creations that replicate such country music icons as Waylon Jennings, Kris Kristofferson, Hank Williams Jr., and Charlie Daniels, preferring that traditional country style over the contemporary superstars that dominate today’s airwaves.

Whether it’s “Haunted Guitar” or “Elly May’s Biscuits,” the Rowdy Johnson Band prides itself in delivering outlaw-style, rollicking country songs with that deep-down, home-grown appeal. The band’s high-energy performances merge country music with southern rock, reaching audiences that include veterans, bikers, rockers, country music fanatics and everything in between. The Rowdy Johnson Band plays for a wide array of venues, making appearances at county fairs, rodeos, military installations, honky-tonks and biker bars.   Dana Cole San Pedro Valley News-Sun

I've seen the Rowdy Johnson band twice in Arizona, and I found young Rowdy to be an engaging and passionate performer. Great stage presence, humor, and fiery energy with a growl a mile long. The Rowdy Johnson band hails from Tombstone, AZ, and frontman/songwriter Rowdy Johnson puts on a great show.  Perhaps geographically inspired, their debut album named Outlaws Today carries all originals, with a Waylon Jennings cover of "Lonesome On'ry and Mean." The title track, "Outlaws Today," has a nice sparse production and lots of passion.  "Where My Friends Are" feels more like being at a live Rowdy Johnson show and is a catchy, feel good tune.  There are some tracks on here that seem more suited for a new-country album than the title suggests yet throughout the collection of songs, it is obvious he is a Waylon Jennings disciple. In one of my favorite tracks on the album, Johnson's tribute to Waylon in the song "Haunted Guitar", the words and music flow and the reverence for his hero rings true in a story about finding Waylon's guitar in a pawn shop.  The word "outlaw" is tossed out with a vengeance on this album, but it is in the song "Riding Shotgun With The Devil" where I feel like he's operating in the true meaning of the word beyond cliches. One of the challenges Artists can face when they begin a music career, is finding their own sound. On this standout track, Johnson is on his way to that in a deeper, more personal reflection about facing the wrong path in life and seeking redemption.   by Andrea Fennel, Outlaw Magazine

On May 28th, 2011 the "Town too tough to die" got a little rowdy. I visited the legendary Dragoon Saloon to experience what the locals say is the "happening". The Rowdy Johnson Band was in town bringing their brand of Outlaw Country Music to the best little outdoor bar under the stars. Known for showcasing some of the best local musicians around as well as National acts passing through that want to experience the charm of Tombstone, Arizona the Dragoon Saloon has become the local stomping ground for Rowdy and his band of outlaws. 
I have to say that I was pleasantly surprised by what the Rowdy Johnson Band brought to the table. If I was looking for a gun fight, RJB was clearly packing double barrel shotguns. Loud, proud and most definitely REAL. No glitz and glamour here, just pure original songwriting and a front-man with more passion than I've seen in a long time. It reminded me of legendary performances by the late, great Waylon Jennings and Johnny Cash. I truly felt like I was seeing something special in an up close setting. Rowdy's lyrics are a glimpse into his soul. Sometimes funny, sometimes sad, sometimes patriotic, but 100% REAL. Most stars you see are generally full of themselves. What I saw and heard from Rowdy Johnson was a man that didn't take himself too seriously. I honestly don't think he has any idea how good he is and it's the fans in attendance that benefit from this. From what I can tell, he feeds off the crowd like they are plugged directly into his guitar as well as his heart. Although I was not familiar with a lot of their originals, I found myself singing along as the show went on. Rowdy called himself a singer of simple songs, but I think he's just being modest.
I asked some of the fans in attendance what makes RJB special and without missing a beat I heard "Nashville ain't got nothing on these boys", "Everything else around here is just karaoke", "Rowdy sings from his heart" and "I think Waylon and Hank Jr would be proud". Some of them I couldn't print but it was overwhelmingly clear that RJB is clearly the peoples champ the way that Waylon & Willie were back in their day. It was evident as everywhere I looked I found myself surrounded by rowdy fans sporting their Rowdy Johnson Band t-shirts. What an evening. If the Rowdy Johnson Band is Tombstone's little secret, I'll go out on a limb and say they won't be a secret for long. Tombstone News June 10, 2011

"Rowdy Johnson Band is a little ol’ band with a big ol’ sound fresh out of Nashville. Somewhere between Hank & AC/DC you can find this band doing what they do best and that’s playing rowdy music for Rowdy fans. When they take the stage, whether Country or Rock, they make a statement by doing it their way and the crowds agree. Known for their high energy live shows, these guys are the Real Deal. Country Bars, Biker Bars & everything in between, these guys are right at home and don’t miss a beat, blurring the lines between Outlaw Country Music & Southern Rock, while still paying tribute to Country Legends like Hank Williams & Waylon. If there’s a good time going on and the crowd’s a little rowdy, you can bet RJB is rockin’ the stage. When you get a chance to see these guys, don’t walk, run to their next show. You can find him today as I did; playing the Honky Tonks, County Fairs, Rodeos, Military Bases, or anywhere there’s a fan hungry for music with a little meat on the bone. With a band that’s second to none, this collection of musicians will put the pedal to the metal ‘till the last note’s played. Even then, they’re sure to do an encore or two if the crowd’s rowdy enough. In a time when Nashville has lost it’s way and is becoming more and more like pop music, the Rowdy Johnson Band is a breath of fresh air and is determined to set things right again. Call it a revolution or whatever you want, but as long as these guys are around, Country’s in good hands!"   B. We s t - Nashville
The self proclaimed “Six String Outlaw” is a breath of fresh air in a time where the true rebels in music are getting harder and harder to find. Rowdy grew up with the sounds of Waylon Jennings, Hank Williams Jr., Johnny Cash and Charlie Daniels ringing in his ears and it didn’t take him long to discover fellow Florida boys Lynyrd Skynyrd and Molly Hatchett.  It was somewhere in the middle that Rowdy found his way and began to forge a sound that would make his heroes proud.

Known for his songwriting and powerful lyrics, Rowdy soon began his trek to put Outlaw Country back on the map. Anyone that has seen a Rowdy Johnson concert can attest that he sings from the heart in every song he plays and does it with a passion that would rival his heroes. Always in search of venues that will allow him to run wild on stage without a leash, Rowdy continues to fight the system and refuses to back down or change just to make a dollar. With a name like Rowdy, what would you expect?
As a proud veteran himself, Rowdy is on a mission to bring recognition to all of our service members in a way that is anything but politically correct. If you ever want to know what he thinks, just ask him or listen to any one of his songs. Rowdy wears his heart on his sleeve without ever apologizing. It’s a shame there aren’t more that do the same.
Growing up in Apopka, Florida was tough for Rowdy. His mother was murdered by his then step-father when Rowdy was only four years old. As an only child, Rowdy then went to live with his uncle and aunt who he eventually came to know as his Mom and Dad. The family tragedy didn’t stop there. He went on to lose his uncle, grandfather, cousins, friends and eventually his Dad. Rowdy began to turn to music to express himself and escape from reality. It’s little wonder that when he sings of heartache, pain and loss, it’s done with every ounce of his soul. If you are looking for the real deal without the smoke and mirrors, look no further than the “Six String Outlaw” himself, Rowdy Johnson."  - Wyatt Chambers

Country musician Rowdy Johnson confesses that his first name raises audience expectations wherever he and his band go on stage. The fact that he’s based out of Tombstone, Arizona only adds fuel to the fire, but he’s OK with that.  "I realize what my niche is. I love to make people laugh," he said in a recent phone interview from Arizona.
Three years after forming a southern rock band to replace the musical background of his Floridian youth, Johnson is taking the next step of out-of-state touring for his band. Tonight’s Waco gig follows one in Lubbock and precedes dates in Templeton and Littlfield, then its back to home dates in sweet home Arizona. "We found a home down here. I love the reaction we get." He said.  The band leader and guitarist grew up on southern rock with two family members active in country star John Anderson’s band – at least until they were cut. Johnson, however, gained from their experience. "I got two bitter uncles who can play the hell out of a guitar," he said.  Johnson didn’t get into performing the music he grew up with, however, until he found himself in Arizona homesick for some rough-edged southern rock. He started writing songs and playing his own music, but with a clear-eyed view of where it fit in his life. "I told my wife we won’t be eating ramen noodles and be homeless to chase this dream," he recalled.
Johnson heads a five-man band made up of lead guitar, steel guitar, pedal steel, bass and drums. Three of his songs, "Elly May’s Biscuits," This Country of Mine"’ and "Haunted Guitar" are starting to get airplay in Arizona and a lot around Texas, and Johnson anticipates that he will have a new CD on itunes by November.
As befits a musician named Rowdy, it’s the live show that wins over a lot of their fans. Johnson says its because he and his fellow musicians aren’t far removed from being fans themselves and know what their audiences want. Part of that is energy and part freshness. To get that feeling, Johnson and his band keep close tabs on audience reactions to guide their performance, even to the point of improvising their set list. "The number one thing is we never rehearse. Its up to the crowd to decide it," he said. Carl Hoover - Waco Tribune-Herald

Rowdy Johnson is a throwback to the country legends of that time like Waylon Jennings and Hank Williams Jr. With a soulful voice and a gift for songwriting, Country Music is in good hands. Somewhere Waylon is looking down on Rowdy and smiling.

"If ever there was a band that embodied the truest sense of what it means to live free and ride hard, it's the Rowdy Johnson Band. They bring it every time we see them and leave it all on the stage. These guys are for real and Southern Arizona Harley Riders MC loves the RJB!!!"  Suzi-Q Brackhahn Treasurer & Run Coordinator
TOMBSTONE — Step aside Ike Clanton and Tom McLaury, there’s a whole new brand of outlaw in town.
The Rowdy Johnson Band, a five-piece group that frequents different venues in the “Town Too Tough to Die,” has found its niche in Tombstone. The band, with lead singer/songwriter Rowdy Johnson, gets its inspiration from such country music outlaws as Waylon Jennings, Johnny Cash, Charlie Daniels and Hank Williams Jr.  I’m known for pushing the envelope when it comes to what Nashville is looking for in today’s country music,” said Rowdy. “But I’m not listening to Nashville. When people hear my music, I can feel the connection with my audience. I like writing songs that make people laugh, make people cry, make people search down deep into their souls.”  Rowdy says his band represents “the voice of the people” when it comes to traditional country fans with true country roots.
“I’ve actually had people tell me that I’m ‘too country’ and that outlaw-style music is a thing of the past,” he said. “I don’t believe that for one minute. When I write a song, I want you to hear my story. I want that song to move you. And that’s what my songs do.”  “There are no frills or tricks to make us sound like something we’re not,” Rowdy said. “My band reads the crowd and plays off the people. It’s one of the greatest thrills about playing for live audiences. For me, music is my calling. When I’m gone, I hope to leave a footprint in this world we call country music.” Dana Cole Sierra Vista AZ Herald/Review

"Take Rowdy Johnson. Here's an electrifying Artist who epitomizes Outlaw.  Johnson delivers his brand of Country Music with straight-ahead, impassioned storytelling and powerful, energetic vocals that intrinsically command the listener to emotionally engage. In other words, he kicks some serious ass."   Richard Diehn, Outlaw Magazine

"I can't wait for Rowdy Johnson's new CD.  I've already added his three song EP to my Playlist. With a strong voice, strong songs, and a strong presence, Rowdy carries the fire and energy as well as the heart and soul of REAL country music. He has something truly special."  - Brigitte London, Highwaywoman Radio Show (Internationally Syndicated Program).

BENSON – Forget the sparklers and fireworks. Benson’s Fourth of July is going to light up hotter than ever without the fiery displays.  In lieu of fireworks, the city has hired an up and coming hit band, the Rowdy Johnson Band, a group that plays for veterans’ groups, bars, honky-tonks, bikers, rodeos and an array of events.  The band will be the featured entertainment from 7 until 10 p.m. at Lions Park, lighting up the night on July 4th with its high powered performance.
From the moment they take the stage, the Rowdy Johnson Band is all about the crowd. Know for delivering high-energy live shows, the band belts out songs composed by lead singer and songwriter Rowdy Johnson, while feeding off the fans and playing to the audience.  By Dana Cole - San Pedro Valley News-Sun

I finished the mastering on your song "Haunted Guitar" today and I am really looking forward to working with you guys and hearing the rest of your work.  I can honestly say I was impressed with that song.  I hear thousands of new songs every year and it is at the top of a pretty short list.  You guys are going to do really well if you keep producing great songs like I have heard so far.  Andy Bartow - Black Dog Mastering Studio - Tampa Florida

While today's Outlaws are manufactured by manufactured by Nashville or Hollywood, Cochise County has it's own real life Outlaws in the Rowdy Johnson Band and they are coming with vengeance. They recently took their act to Texas for a second time as momentum builds surrounding the upcoming release of their long awaited debut album titled "Outlaws Today". True to the greats before them RJB has chosen to stay independent and release it on the their own label Gray Beard Records. With REAL Country stations around the Nation lining up to play the new music, the sky is the limit and Cochise County should be proud.
 If you were in Tombstone's Crystal Palace on August 21st, you may have noticed the cameras rolling. That's because TAZ Entertainment was in town shooting Rowdy Johnson Band's music video for "Elly May's Biscuits". With earlier scenes filmed at Helldorado Town and Sonoita, Cochise County's rebel sons are bound for CMT and YouTube fame. It's good to see that even with all the National attention coming their way, they're still keeping a small town vibe and remember where they come from.  Already the most booked band in Southern Arizona, they have become regulars in Tombstone frequenting all the major establishments such as the Crystal Palace, Dragoon Saloon, Four Deuces and the Silver Nugget. They will be performing at the Cochise County Fair on September 24th & 25th. They'll be performing at the first annual Outlaw Revival in Tombstone October 11th as well as the Biker Rodeo at Benson's Arena Bar October 22. You can also catch them headlining the Saturday Music Festival in Bisbee on October 29th. Needless to say the Rowdy Johnson Band's going somewhere and Cochise County's going along for the ride.  Janet La Valley Sierra Vista Herald