THE JOHNSON MOUNTAIN BOYS
- From Washington, D.C.
- Formed in 1975 as a duet featuring Dudley Connell on banjo and Ron Welch on guitar. Connell eventually switched to guitar and added other musicians to form a full five-piece bluegrass band.
- There is no such place as Johnson Mountain. Connell originally named the band The Johnson Boys because it just sounded good, but later added “Mountain” because he discovered a folk group already had the Johnson Boys name.
- One of the most popular bluegrass bands of the 1980’s, they performed in some of the nation’s most prestigious venues: Madison Square Garden, The White House, the Lincoln Center and the Grand Ole Opry. Also toured England, Japan, and Africa.
- 1988, broke up and recorded a “final” performance released by Rounder Records as a double-album titled “The Old School House.” But after doing several reunion shows, the group decided to re-emerge as a part-time band in 1991. By 1994, they called it quits for good.
- Connell (guitar) took a job with the Smithsonian Institution as director of the Folkways Record Collection. In 1995 he joined the Seldom Scene as guitarist and lead singer. He is also a member of Longview.
- 1995, Eddie Stubbs (fiddle) moved to Nashville where he took a job as fiddle player with Johnny Wright and Kitty Wells, and also became a DJ and Grand Ole Opry announcer on WSM-AM. He won the CMA award for Broadcast Personality of the Year in 2002. He has also won that award twice from the IBMA (1996, 2002).
- Mandolin player David McLaughlin formed a duo with Josh Crowe and has worked with other bands.
- Tom Adams (banjo) went on to work with the Lynn Morris Band, Blue Highway, Rhonda Vincent, Dale Ann Bradley, Bill Emerson and other bands.