Johnny Outlaw is a man on a mission! Saving Country Music is the mission, Johnny formed the Johnson Creek Stranglers a little under 3 years ago in a basement in Newport Oregon, after trying out and using numerous players John finally found the current line up.
Johnny Outlaw born in Weiser Idaho in 1976 was brought up the old fashioned way, being raised by his family from Oklahoma and Tennessee he learned at a early age what real country music was all about! His Grandmother Wanda Faye Keith (Niles) was a Honky Tonk Country singer in the 50s and 60s having rubbed shoulders with Faron Young and Willie Nelson. Johns Grandfather was a country music Connoisseur, Johnny can recount endless hours staying with his grandfather and listening to the likes of Cash,Williams,Lefty,Ernest Tubb,Hank Snow,Merle and many others!! Johnny has at times been deemed not country due to the fact that he was born in Idaho and lived a large part of his life in Oregon. Johnny answers this by stating "if you aint never been to the Pacific Northwest I can see why ya would say it isn't country here. We have some of the biggest game animals and the best fishing and prettiest Mountains and Valleys in the country There is a reason why Lewis and Clark left Missouri" Johnny Joined the US Army at the age of 18 and was Stationed at FT. Benning Georgia he fell in love with the South and soon moved to Springfield Missouri where he was Married to his now Ex wife. after their separation he took up the bottle and the dope and then moved to the great state of Montana where besides the sinful life he was now leading he really honed in on his Honky Tonk soul he says.
Shortly after that he moved back to Oregon where he got involved with a Militia type Organization which led him to Nebraska and Back to Oregon running from the FBI
"At that time in my life I was strung out on cocaine and whiskey and the only thing I knew how to do was wrong" Johnny was caught by the California Highway Patrol in Redding California in 2003 and was sentenced to 33 months in Federal Prison at Florence Correctional Institution in Florence Colorado for Use of Fire to Commit a felony . during his incarceration he dedicated every day to writing songs and playing and singing with the prisons country band. Johnny was released in 2006 and stayed sober for nearly 2 years until he turned back to the Whiskey in 2008 and wound up getting a DWI/DUI in Oregon and almost winding up back in prison still on Parole Johnny's Parole officer thought it best to be sent to a inpatient treatment center. This is where he gave up the booze the crime and the drugs until present. He turned his life over to his music and his new wife.
I have never seen a man so hellbent on preserving a genre of music as Johnny,his songs his story and his life are the living fact that classic country of the outlaw variety is still alive and thriving today!