CL039: Blind guitarist Johnny Hiland on living a life without fear

Johnny Hiland

Johnny Hiland is a legally blind Nashville based guitarist and guitar educator. His career started in 2002 and by 2004 he was signed with Steve Vai’s Favored Nations label. He has been on stage for Steve Vai, Joe Satriani, Joe Bonamassa and Les Paul. As a guitar teacher Johnny has created guitar courses for Truefire, Hotlicks, Mel Bay and Jam Tracks Central.

In this episode of The Creative Life Podcast, Johnny talks about moving to Nashville and how he started to play guitar on a J45 Gibson. He tells us about how his parents were very upset when he left college and also shares with us how Ricky Skaggs inspired him to play guitar.

“I’ve never looked at anything as failures. I’ve always looked at those as learning experiences.”

“Be thankful for the blessings that you do have and not dwell on the past failures. We always need to look forward to the future.”

– Johnny Hiland

Johnny Hiland Show Notes:

  • If you don’t pay, you don’t play (4:48)
  • 24 hour job (6:57)
  • Nashville: Music City USA (8:25)
  • Always saying yes to everything (11:04)
  • Kimi: life partner, best friend and lover (12:50)
  • Losing 14 family members (15:43)
  • No fear (18:54)
  • Starting over (20:15)
  • Kimi and God (22:32)
  • First country band gig (27:30)
  • Vince Gil (28:57)
  • Good managers (39:40)

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