Mandolin / Tenor Vocal
Gene Johnson grew up in Sugar Grove Pennsylvania and played the mandolin professionally at a hometown square dance at the age of 4 years old but his finest performance would come years later when he was part of an acoustic quartet at Carnegie Hall.
Gene was heavily influenced by the early country and bluegrass music and also folk and blues played a large part. In the early 80’s, Gene joined a well-known group from Kentucky called J. D. Crowe and The New South. Also during this time, Keith Whitley was a member of this band adding to Gene’s list of Favorite Singers.
Gene loves the forest and has a wonderful talent in carpentry, and a great hobby collecting old tools and old instruments.
Gene is married and has 2 daughters.
In 1987, after the Tennessee River Boys left Opryland to go on the road, Marty, Dan, Jimmy and Brian welcomed their newest member Gene Johnson
“We’ve always tried to have a good mix of stuff on our albums – something that’s fun, something that’s very radio friendly, something that’s going to touch someone’s heart, maybe even something that’s pop influenced. More than ever, on the COMPLETELY album, we wanted to show more than one musical side of Diamond Rio.”