Batesville Herald Tribune, Batesville, Indiana


April 8, 2011

Milan native has been a little lucky along the way

-- — Jamie Johnson has made his mark on the music business as a member of The Grascals.

He has traveled to various venues around the world, but says, “I never once forgot where I came from – Milan, Ind. .... (and) I love that state and everything it stands for.”

His parents, Paul and Gail Johnson; brother Lee; and sister Joyce still live there.

The Hendersonville, Tenn., resident is one of the founding members of the bluegrass group that got its start seven years ago.

He says his inspiration for getting into the music business was his brother, Brad Johnson, who passed away in 1991. “I took his records and put them on tape and listened to the music to remain close to him .... I thought I was going to be Garth Brooks.”

The songwriter was also encouraged by the work of popular icons, including Keith Whitley, the Osborne Brothers, George Jones, Buck Owens and Dolly Parton; fellow Milan native Aubrey Holt; and Harley Allen, who recently passed away. He wrote several songs for The Grascals.

“I’ve been lucky” to have many memorable appearances, such as “the first time on the Grand Ole Opry and the 100th time .... performing for President Bush at the White House; performing on stage with Charlie Daniels, Vince Gill and Dolly Parton ... being at the Grammy Awards twice. That was really incredible.”

Johnson and his band have obtained numerous awards, the most recent being named 2010 Instrumental Group of the Year at the Society for the Preservation of Bluegrass Music of America in February. “It’s very humbling, very flattering when you win an award .... to be honored by your peers and fans,” he says of receiving the honor.

What are his future goals? “To be members of the Grand Ole Opry. Hopefully, we’ve earned our spot. I cherish that place and would perform for free there every day of the week .... maybe winning Vocal Group of the Year at the Country Music Awards, and I would love for The Grascals to be a household name, not only in the United States, but across the globe.”

Text Only
  • nws - bv041814 - Harley, Bill (entertaining) Students sing along with Harley Bill Harley, an author, storyteller and two-time Grammy Award-winning musician, visited Batesville primary and intermediate schools April 14-15, entertaining students in grades K-5. He also presented a family concert Tuesday evening at Batesville Hig

    April 18, 2014 1 Photo

  • nws - bv032114 - sidell mission trip 1 Sidell helps people in Burkina Faso

    March 22, 2014 2 Photos

  • Looking back at the good old days 25 years ago The Batesville High School boys basketball team captured the sectional title, defeating South Ripley 75-48. Batesville Beautification League members were granted permission by city council members to locate a gazebo in the village square

    March 18, 2014

  • nws - bv031114 - Purdue leaders (discussion groups 2) Local food system will be strengthened

    March 11, 2014 2 Photos

  • nws bv030714 - SLS olympics (balance) SLS students shine as 'Olympians' The Winter Olympics were held in Sochi, Russia, from Feb. 7-23. St. Louis School held its own version of the games Feb. 28 for grades K-2. Teachers Jan Narwold and Missy Cooper planned the festivities, which began with the parade of the homerooms as

    March 7, 2014 3 Photos

  • nws - bv022814 - Davies, Rebecca On eve of retirement, muralist leaves her mark Rebecca Davies was a waitress, ad agency employee and bank teller. For the past 17 years, she has been the Batesville Intermediate School art teacher, currently teaching three and a half days a week until her June retirement. Throughout it all, art h

    February 28, 2014 1 Photo

  • Looking back at the good old days 25 years ago Anton Nel, a well-known classical pianist, performed a concert for Immaculate Conception Academy students. The Batesville High School Lady Bulldogs basketball team became the first BHS team to finish its regular season undefeated. Batesv

    February 28, 2014

  • nws - bv022514 - safe passage youth council Teens shed light on dating violence Safe Passage, a nonprofit organization dedicated to helping individuals and families in Ripley, Franklin, Dearborn, Ohio and Switzerland counties live strong, safe lives that are free of violence, was established in 1997. Since that time, its staff a

    February 25, 2014 1 Photo

  • nws - bv022114 - Q&A stafford Best seller written by former Batesville teacher Rachel Macy Stafford has written a New York Times best selling book. "Hands Free Mama: A Guide to Putting Down the Phone, Burning the to-do List and Letting go of Perfection to Grasp What Really Matters!," published by Zondervan Jan. 7, landed at No.

    February 21, 2014 1 Photo

  • nws - bv021414 - FGA seminar (Hoopengardner - goats) Goat cheese business is booming

    February 14, 2014 1 Photo

Featured Ads
AP Video
Deadly Avalanche Sweeps Slopes of Mount Everest Police Arrest Suspect in Highway Shootings Drought Concerns May Hurt Lake Tourism Vermont Goat Meat Gives Refugees Taste of Home Calif. Investigators Re-construct Fatal Bus Cras Mayor Rob Ford Launches Re-election Campaign Appellate Court Hears Okla. Gay Marriage Case Author Gabriel Garcia Marquez Dead at 87 Beau Biden Plans 2016 Run for Del. Governor Chelsea Clinton Is Pregnant Horseless Carriage Introduced at NY Auto Show Obama Hopeful on Ukraine, Will Watch Russians Flamingo Frenzy Ahead of Zoo Construction Crew Criticized Over Handling of Ferry Disaster Agreement Reached to Calm Ukraine Tensions Raw: Pope Francis Performs Pre-easter Ritual Boston Bombing Survivors One Year Later Sister of Slain MIT Officer Reflects on Bombing
Seasonal Content
Hyperlocal Search
Premier Guide
Find a business

Walking Fingers
Maps, Menus, Store hours, Coupons, and more...
Premier Guide

Click HERE to read all your Parade favorites including Hollywood Wire, Celebrity interviews and photo galleries, Food recipes and cooking tips, Games and lots more.