Careers

Robert One-Man Johnson

Home-made Blues, Rags, Old Time Jazz, and other 20th Century American Music

Singing and playing guitars, harmonica, low-boy cymbal, and
home-made 12 string bass foot-piano…simultaneously

Highlights
  • 2014 Member Iowa Blues Hall of Fame
  • 5 appearances on 'A Prairie Home Companion'
  • World stages in Istanbul, Shanghai, Bangkok, and Nagoya
  • Concerts and festivals at colleges and universities throughout the US
  • Featured in Head, Hands, and Feet: A Book of One-Man Bands  by Dave Harris

Major Venues

Bonnie Raitt (3), Dr. John, Muddy Waters (2), Dave Van Ronk, Hall and Oates, Leon Redbone, John Prine, Willie Dixon, James Cotton, Mose Allison, Captain Beefheart, Mink Deville, Sonny Terry & Brownie McGhee, Robert Jr. Lockwood, Corky Siegel, Honeyboy Edwards, Commander Cody, Koko Taylor, Dave 'Snaker' Ray, John Koerner, John Hammond Jr., Luther Allison

Recordings (Housedog Music)
  • Housedog Music Presents! ‘One-Man’ Johnson, 2015
  • Soft Shoulders, Dangerous Curves, 2013
  • 50/50, 2008
  • Flusteration!, 2006
  • So Many Roads, 2005
  • Let’s Get Primitive!, 2001
  • Don’t Make a Dinosaur Sore, 2000
  • Bruise: Live in Nagoya, 1994
  • Mideast/Midwest,1989
  • ’54 Chevrolet Panel Truck Blues, 1978
  • Sweet Mama, Don’t Let It Fall, 1976  

Shows Throughout the Years

New York City  Museum of Modern Art, Lone Star Café Chicago Chicagofest, Earl of Old Town New Orleans Tipitina’s, Tulanefest, Tampa Skipper’s Smokehouse  Pittsburgh  Three Rivers Arts Festival Iowa City Hancher Auditorium, George’s, Clinton Street Social Club, The Sanctuary Milwaukee Summerfest, Teddy's, Blue River Cafe Philadelphia  Main Point Nagoya, Japan  Bottom Line, Country Joe, Little Village   Minneapolis  Artist Quarter, Extempore, 400 Bar, Palmer's Bar Shanghai, China  House of Blues and Jazz, Central Park Blues Festival Bangkok Thailand  Ad Here,  Phuket Blues Festival  Istanbul, Turkey Jazz Café, Turkish Radio & TV  Davenport  Mississippi Valley Blues Festival  Madison  Church Key, Brink Lounge  Wausau  Blues Café, Malarkey’s Pub  Chippewa Falls Heyde Arts Center  Eau Claire The Joynt,  Duluth Bayfront Blues Festival Grand Rapids  Boundary Waters Blues Festival,  Bemidji  Brigid’s Pub Waubeek FB & Co.Mt. Vernon Lincoln Wine Bar  Cedar Rapids  Village Meat Market, Old Neighborhood Pub, Whiskey Jo’s Marion  QDogs Blues & BBQ  St.Paul Lowertown Blues Festival