Johnny Hiland grew up in the small town of Baileyville, Maine. He was born legally blind with an eye disease known as Nystagmus, which did not allow him to grow up like most children. he started playing guitar at age 2, and went on to perform his first tv show at age 7. His career took off when Johnny won the “Talent America Contest,” at age 10, in new york city. his father had taken him to see Ricky Skaggs perform, and Johnny immediately went from pickin’ bluegrass to wanting a telecaster.
All Fired Up
Hiland’s new record “All Fired Up”, is a virtuoso chicken pickin’ CD which is rooted firmly in country music with a rock and roll edge, aided and abetted by for Joe Satriani and Steve Vai bassist Stuart Hamm and Steve Vai/Billy Idol drummer Jeremy Colosn on the drums. An instrumental CD brimming with high tech chicken pickin’, faux pedal steel chops laced with some incendiary rock and roll, “All Fired Up”, also boasts two vocal oriented bonus tracks which incorporate Hiland’s seasoned country voice and his showboatin’ country chops. Ricky Scaggs commented on Johnny, "I think Johnny Hiland is the most versatile guitar player I've ever heard. From Bill Monroe to Eddie Van Halen, he can play it all."