Cowboy Johnson

Cowboy Johnson


A smoothe as honey, soulful, smokey blues voice.


Cowboy Johnson makes his home in Austin, Texas. The name "Cowboy" has been tattooed on his chest for 30 years now, from his days of rodeo bull riding in the Black Hills of South Dakota, where he spent the 70's working the mines, playing music and living hard. It was there that a disgruntled neighbor, whose mailbox he had shot full of holes one drunken afternoon, declared to the community, "We gotta do something about that damn cowboy!" The name stuck, but has also misrepresented him musically as he is not only a singer of country music. His voice also lends itself naturally and beautifully to R&B. Like many of the great singers, he grew up singing gospel music in the church.

His 2004 CD, “A Grain of Sand” (a tribute to the late Mickey Newbury), has sold well and has been warmly received all over the world. It is currently on radio play lists across Europe and South America as well as Australia. Currently in the process of recording his second CD, this new one will be mostly originals.

In 2004, Cowboy had the honor of being a guest performer at Willie Nelson’s Annual 4th of July Picnic, and has been steadily building a loyal following with regular regional performances.

When the sun sets in the evenings and Cowboy can't work on building/remodeling houses, he can be found at his resident Wednesday night gig at Evangeline Café, in Austin with his trio, consisting of Bradley Kopp on lead guitar and Charlie Irwin on bass.


"A Grain of Sand, A collection of Mickey Newbury Songs" on MoonHouse Records, produced by Chris Gage

Set List

A typical set list includes originals mixed with some well known and some obscure classics by the likes of Merle Haggard, Aaron Neville, John Hiatt, Jimmy Cliff, Johnny Cash, Van Morrison, and many, many, many others as Cowboy knows literally hundreds of songs.