Kim Johnson is from Clendenin, West Virginia and has been playing banjo since about 1978. She has played at countless music festivals and other events throughout the Appalachian region for many years. Kim is known for her rhythmic accompaniment style for old-time music, seeming to know which notes to add and which to leave out to best enhance the tune.
Since 1981, Kim has performed extensively with Clay County, West Virginia fiddler Wilson Douglas. Wilson was a renowned old-time fiddler whose soulful, mountain style is still highly sought after today. Kim recorded a CD and three cassettes with Wilson, who passed away in 1999. After Wilson’s death, Kim was fortunate to be able to play with Calhoun County fiddler, Lester McCumbers, who will be 92 this year (2013). Lester is still an active performer, and they have performed at many festivals and events in recent years. In addition to playing with the old-timers, Kim is currently a member of Kanawha Tradition, a West Virginia string band featuring fiddler Bobby Taylor, Andrew Dunlap, David O'Dell, and John Preston.
"Kim Johnson is a solid clawhammer banjo player who has played with some of the very best West Virginia traditional musicians." (Sing Out! March 2010)
"West Virginia music can have more twists and turns than Elk River, and nobody knew the shoals of Wilson Douglas' music like Kim Johnson." (Charleston Gazette, August 2009)