EPISODE 38 – Will Johns

Striking a masterful balance between old soul & modern flair, Will Johns is one of the most distinctive and exciting British Blues performers in the world today. 

Born in 1973, this is a man with the music in his blood, but it’s hardly surprising given his pedigree. His parents are actress/model Paula Boyd, sister of Pattie, and record producer Andy Johns (who worked with the Rolling Stones, Led Zeppelin and Eric Clapton), and his uncles include Eric Clapton, Mick Fleetwood,George Harrison and Glyn Johns.

Will started playing the guitar as a teenager, with plenty of encouragement from Uncle Eric. Like any great musician though, it wasn’t long before Johns’ own creativity kicked-in and he soon developed his own unique sound that is both cutting-edge and steeped in blues history. 

Will is now a hugely respected songwriter & performer, having released three solo albums and having been nominated for ‘Best Original Blues Song’ by the British Blues Awards for three consecutive years.

A favourite among festival goers, Will has appeared across the U.K. at such prestigious events as Blues On The Farm, Birmingham Jazz and Blues, Rainbow Festival and Cambridge Rock Festival. 

Will has also toured the Czech Republic and Belgium to sold out venues. More adventures took him to Russia to perform in Moscow, St Petersburg, Koktebel as well as a maximum security prison for Female offenders!

luminaries such as Eric Clapton, Nile Rodgers, Ronnie Wood, Jack Bruce, Pete Brown, Mick Taylor, Glenn Hughes, Robin Ford, Dennis Chambers and Terry Reid. Particular highlights include his performance of ‘White Room’ at the commemorative concert, “An Evening for Jack” Bruce at Shepherd’s Bush Empire in 2017, as well as performing “Crossroads” alongside Uncle Eric at the 2020 Ginger Baker Memorial Concert.

More recently, Will has been touring the United States and the UK with The Music Of Cream with Kofi Baker.